Paper: Parsing Arabic Dialects

ACL ID E06-1047
Title Parsing Arabic Dialects
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2006

The Arabic language is a collection of spoken dialects with important phonolog- ical, morphological, lexical, and syntac- tic differences, along with a standard writ- ten language, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Since the spoken dialects are not officially written, it is very costly to obtain adequate corpora touse fortraining dialect NLP tools such as parsers. In this paper, we address the problem of parsing tran- scribed spoken LevantineArabic(LA).We do not assume the existence of any anno- tated LA corpus (except for development and testing), nor of a parallel corpus LA- MSA. Instead, we use explicit knowledge about the relation between LA and MSA.