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Joint UD Parsing of Norwegian Bokmål and Nynorsk

Erik Velldal
Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway

Lilja Øvrelid
Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway

Petter Hohle
Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway

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Ingår i: Proceedings of the 21st Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics, NoDaLiDa, 22-24 May 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 131:1, s. 1-10

NEALT Proceedings Series 29:1, s. 1-10

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Publicerad: 2017-05-08

ISBN: 978-91-7685-601-7

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

This paper investigates interactions in parser performance for the two official standards for written Norwegian: Bokmål and Nynorsk. We demonstrate that while applying models across standards yields poor performance, combining the training data for both standards yields better results than previously achieved for each of them in isolation. This has immediate practical value for processing Norwegian, as it means that a single parsing pipeline is sufficient to cover both varieties, with no loss in accuracy. Based on the Norwegian Universal Dependencies treebank we present results for multiple taggers and parsers, experimenting with different ways of varying the training data given to the learners, including the use of machine translation.

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