Paper: Arabic Dialect Processing Tutorial

ACL ID N12-4003
Title Arabic Dialect Processing Tutorial
Venue Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Session Tutorial Abstracts
Year 2012

The existence of dialects for any language constitutes a challenge for NLP in general since it adds another set of variation dimensions from a known standard. The problem is particularly interesting and challenging in Arabic and its different dialects, where the diversion from the standard could, in some linguistic views, warrant a classification as different languages. This problem would not be as pronounced if Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) were the native language of some sub group of Arabic speakers, however it is not. Any realistic and practical approach to processing Arabic will have to account for dialectal usage since it is so pervasive. In this tutorial, we will attempt to highlight different dialectal phenomena, how they migrate from the standard and why they pose challeng...