LiLa: Linking Latin

Building a Knowledge Base of Linguistic Resources for Latin


Linking Latin

Despite the headway made in the last decade in building, sharing and exploiting linguistic resources and tools for the automatic processing of Latin, these remain incompatible.

The objective of LiLa (2018-2023) is to connect and ultimately exploit the wealth of linguistic resources and NLP tools for Latin created so far, in order to bridge the gap between raw language data, NLP and knowledge descriptions. To do so, LiLa is building an open-ended Knowledge Base using the Linked Data paradigm, concurrently adding Latin to the multilingual Linguistic Linked Open Data (LLOD) cloud.

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The LiLa team covers a range of expertise, including Computational Linguistics, Latin Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Classical Philology and Humanities Computing.

Marco Passarotti

Principal Investigator, Professor

Computational Linguist. Co-founder and Director of the CIRCSE Research Centre. Head of the Index Thomisticus Treebank project.

Eleonora Litta


Linguist responsible for Word Formation Latin (WFL) and the further development of the Latin VALLEX.

Francesco Mambrini


Classical Philologist specialising in NLP and Linked Open Data (LOD). Founder and co-chair of the conference Corpus-based research in the Humanities.

Flavio M. Cecchini

Postdoctoral Researcher

Mathematician specialising in Linguistics and NLP. Works on LEMLAT and the Universal Dependencies version of the Index Thomisticus Treebank.

Greta H. Franzini

Postdoctoral Researcher

Classicist responsible for the extension and Neo4j graph rendition of the Latin WordNet, and for the LiLa website.

Paolo Ruffolo

Computer Engineer

NLP specialist, data manager and system administrator. Works on LEMLAT.

Marinella Testori


Data analyst and linguistic annotator.

Savina Raynaud

Collaborator, Professor

Former Director of CIRCSE and philosopher of language.

Aldo Frigerio

Collaborator, Professor

Semanticist and philosopher of language.

Marco Pappalepore

Collaborator, Software Engineer

Software engineer with a passion for linguistics.

Andrea Peverelli

Collaborator, Intern

Modern philology and semantics graduate. Collaborates on the extension of the Latin WordNet.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme – Grant Agreement No 769994