Paper: Constructing Taxonomy of Numerative Classifiers for Asian Languages

ACL ID I08-1052
Title Constructing Taxonomy of Numerative Classifiers for Asian Languages
Venue International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

Numerative classifiers are ubiquitous in many Asian languages. This paper pro- poses a method to construct a taxonomy of numerative classifiers based on a noun- classifier agreement database. The taxon- omy defines superordinate-subordinate rela- tion among numerative classifiers and rep- resents the relations in tree structures. The experiments to construct taxonomies were conducted for evaluation by using data from three different languages: Chinese, Japanese and Thai. We found that our method was promising for Chinese and Japanese, but in- appropriate for Thai. It confirms that there really is no hierarchy among Thai classifiers.