Paper: Predicting Dialect Variation in Immigrant Contexts Using Light Verb Constructions

ACL ID D14-1145
Title Predicting Dialect Variation in Immigrant Contexts Using Light Verb Constructions
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

Languages spoken by immigrants change due to contact with the local languages. Capturing these changes is problematic for current language technologies, which are typically developed for speakers of the standard dialect only. Even when dialec- tal variants are available for such technolo- gies, we still need to predict which di- alect is being used. In this study, we dis- tinguish between the immigrant and the standard dialect of Turkish by focusing on Light Verb Constructions. We experiment with a number of grammatical and contex- tual features, achieving over 84% accuracy (56% baseline).