Investigation of Transfer Languages for Parsing Latin: Italic Branch vs. Hellenic Branch

Antonia Karamolegkou

Sara Stymne

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Ingår i: Proceedings of the 23rd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa), May 31-June 2, 2021.

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 178:32, s. 315-320

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Publicerad: 2021-05-21

ISBN: 978-91-7929-614-8

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


Choosing a transfer language is a crucial step in transfer learning. In much previous research on dependency parsing, related languages have successfully been used. However, when parsing Latin, it has been suggested that languages such as ancient Greek could be helpful. In this work we parse Latin in a low-resource scenario, with the main goal to investigate if Greek languages are more helpful for parsing Latin than related Italic languages, and show that this is indeed the case. We further investigate the influence of other factors including training set size and content as well as linguistic distances. We find that one explanatory factor seems to be the syntactic similarity between Latin and Ancient Greek. The influence of genres or shared annotation projects seems to have a smaller impact.


dependency parsing, cross lingual parsing, transfer learning, multilingual models, language distance


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