Paper: How to Add a New Language on the NLP Map: Building Resources and Tools for Languages with Scarce Resources

ACL ID I08-2136
Title How to Add a New Language on the NLP Map: Building Resources and Tools for Languages with Scarce Resources
Venue International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

Those of us whose mother tongue is not English or are curious about applications involving other lan- guages, often find ourselves in the situation where the tools we require are not available. According to recent studies there are about 7200 different lan- guages spoken worldwide – without including vari- ations or dialects – out of which very few have auto- matic language processing tools and machine read- able resources. In this tutorial we will show how we can take advantage of lessons learned from frequently stud- ied and used languages in NLP, and of the wealth of information and collaborative efforts mediated by the World Wide Web. We structure the presentation around two major themes: mono-lingual and cross- lingual approaches. Within the mono-lingual area, we show how to quick...