Community lexical access for an endangered polysynthetic language: An electronic dictionary for St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Benjamin Hunt, Emily Chen, Sylvia L.R. Schreiner, Lane Schwartz

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a morphologicallyaware electronic dictionary for St. Lawrence Island Yupik, an endangered language of the Bering Strait region. Implemented using HTML, Javascript, and CSS, the dictionary is set in an uncluttered interface and permits users to search in Yupik or in English for Yupik root words and Yupik derivational suffixes. For each matching result, our electronic dictionary presents the user with the corresponding entry from the Badten et al. (2008) Yupik- English paper dictionary. Because Yupik is a polysynthetic language, handling of multimorphemic word forms is critical. If a user searches for an inflected Yupik word form, we perform a morphological analysis and return entries for the root word and for any derivational suffixes present in the word. This electronic dictionary should serve not only as a valuable resource for all students and speakers of Yupik, but also for field linguists working towards documentation and conservation of the language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNAACL HLT 2019 - 2019 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Language Technologies - Proceedings of the Demonstrations Session
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages122-126
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781950737161
StatePublished - 2019
Event2019 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL HLT 2019 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Jun 2 2019Jun 7 2019

Publication series

NameNAACL HLT 2019 - 2019 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies - Proceedings of the Demonstrations Session

Conference

Conference2019 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL HLT 2019
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period6/2/196/7/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Linguistics and Language

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