A morphological analyzer for St. Lawrence Island / Central Siberian Yupik

Emily Chen, Lane Schwartz

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Abstract

St. Lawrence Island / Central Siberian Yupik is an endangered language, indigenous to St. Lawrence Island in Alaska and the Chukotka Peninsula of Russia, that exhibits pervasive agglutinative and polysynthetic properties. This paper discusses an implementation of a finite-state morphological analyzer for Yupik that was developed in accordance with the grammatical standards and phenomena documented in Jacobson's 2001 reference grammar for Yupik. The analyzer was written in foma, an open source framework for constructing finite-state grammars of morphology. The approach presented here cyclically interweaves morphology and phonology to account for the language's intricate morphophonological system, an approach that may be applicable to typologically similar languages. The morphological analyzer has been designed to serve as foundational resource that will eventually underpin a suite of computational tools for Yupik to assist in the process of linguistic documentation and revitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsHitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Stelios Piperidis, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Koiti Hasida, Helene Mazo, Khalid Choukri, Sara Goggi, Joseph Mariani, Asuncion Moreno, Nicoletta Calzolari, Jan Odijk, Takenobu Tokunaga
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages2623-2630
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546009
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018 - Miyazaki, Japan
Duration: May 7 2018May 12 2018

Publication series

NameLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Other

Other11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018
CountryJapan
CityMiyazaki
Period5/7/185/12/18

Keywords

  • Computational morphology
  • Finite-state grammar
  • Morphological analyzer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Language and Linguistics

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    Chen, E., & Schwartz, L. (2019). A morphological analyzer for St. Lawrence Island / Central Siberian Yupik. In H. Isahara, B. Maegaard, S. Piperidis, C. Cieri, T. Declerck, K. Hasida, H. Mazo, K. Choukri, S. Goggi, J. Mariani, A. Moreno, N. Calzolari, J. Odijk, & T. Tokunaga (Eds.), LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp. 2623-2630). (LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation). European Language Resources Association (ELRA).