Cross-lingual transfer parsing for low-resourced languages: an Irish case study

Teresa Lynn, Jennifer Foster, Mark Dras, Lamia Tounsi

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We present a study of cross-lingual direct transfer parsing for the Irish language. Firstly we discuss mapping of the annotation scheme of the Irish Dependency Treebank to a universal dependency scheme. We explain our dependency label mapping choices and the structural changes required in the Irish Dependency Treebank. We then experiment with the universally annotated treebanks of ten languages from four language family groups to assess which languages are the most useful for cross-lingual parsing of Irish by using these treebanks to train delexicalised parsing models which are then applied to sentences from the Irish Dependency Treebank. The best results are achieved when using Indonesian, a language from the Austronesian language family.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Celtic Language Technology Workshop (CLTW)
EditorsJohn Judge, Teresa Lynn, Monica Ward, Brian Ó Raghallaigh
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781873769324
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventCeltic Language Technology Workshop (1st : 2014) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 23 Aug 201423 Aug 2014


WorkshopCeltic Language Technology Workshop (1st : 2014)
CityDublin, Ireland

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