Paper: Smart Paradigms and the Predictability and Complexity of Inflectional Morphology

ACL ID E12-1066
Title Smart Paradigms and the Predictability and Complexity of Inflectional Morphology
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2012
Authors

Morphological lexica are often imple- mented on top of morphological paradigms, corresponding to different ways of building the full inflection table of a word. Compu- tationally precise lexica may use hundreds of paradigms, and it can be hard for a lex- icographer to choose among them. To au- tomate this task, this paper introduces the notion of a smart paradigm. It is a meta- paradigm, which inspects the base form and tries to infer which low-level paradigm ap- plies. If the result is uncertain, more forms are given for discrimination. The number of forms needed in average is a measure of predictability of an inflection system. The overall complexity of the system also has to take into account the code size of the paradigms definition itself. This pa- per evaluates the smart paradigms im...