Paper: Determining Recurrent Sound Correspondences By Inducing Translation Models

ACL ID C02-1016
Title Determining Recurrent Sound Correspondences By Inducing Translation Models
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2002
Authors

I present a novel approach to the determination of recurrent sound correspondences in bilingual wordlists. The idea is to relate correspondences be- tween sounds in wordlists to translational equiva- lences between words in bitexts (bilingual corpora). My method induces models of sound correspon- dence that are similar to models developed for sta- tistical machine translation. The experiments show that the method is able to determine recurrent sound correspondences in bilingual wordlists in which less than 30% of the pairs are cognates. By employ- ing the discovered correspondences, the method can identify cognates with higher accuracy than the pre- viously reported algorithms.