Paper: Homophones and Tonal Patterns in English-Chinese Transliteration

ACL ID P09-2006
Title Homophones and Tonal Patterns in English-Chinese Transliteration
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Short Paper
Year 2009
Authors
  • Oi Yee Kwong (City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Hong Kong)

The abundance of homophones in Chinese significantly increases the number of similarly acceptable candidates in English-to-Chinese transliteration (E2C). The dialectal factor also leads to different transliteration practice. We compare E2C between Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese, and report work in progress for dealing with homophones and tonal patterns despite potential skewed distributions of indi- vidual Chinese characters in the training data.