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Toward a deep dialectological representation of Indo-Aryan


Cathcart, Chundra (2019). Toward a deep dialectological representation of Indo-Aryan. In: Zampieri, Marcos. Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Association for Computational Linguistics, 110-119.

Abstract

This paper presents a new approach to disentangling inter-dialectal and intra-dialectal relationships within one such group, the Indo-Aryan subgroup of Indo-European. We draw upon admixture models and deep generative models to tease apart historic language contact and language-specific behavior in the overall patterns of sound change displayed by Indo-Aryan languages. We show that a “deep” model of Indo-Aryan dialectology sheds some light on questions regarding inter-relationships among the Indo-Aryan languages, and performs better than a “shallow” model in terms of certain qualities of the posterior distribution (e.g., entropy of posterior distributions), and outline future pathways for model development.

Abstract

This paper presents a new approach to disentangling inter-dialectal and intra-dialectal relationships within one such group, the Indo-Aryan subgroup of Indo-European. We draw upon admixture models and deep generative models to tease apart historic language contact and language-specific behavior in the overall patterns of sound change displayed by Indo-Aryan languages. We show that a “deep” model of Indo-Aryan dialectology sheds some light on questions regarding inter-relationships among the Indo-Aryan languages, and performs better than a “shallow” model in terms of certain qualities of the posterior distribution (e.g., entropy of posterior distributions), and outline future pathways for model development.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:10 Feb 2020 09:53
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:26
Publisher:Association for Computational Linguistics
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.18653/v1/W19-1411
Official URL:https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W19-1411
Related URLs:https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/volumes/W19-14/

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