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Title YADAC: Yet another Dialectal Arabic Corpus
Authors Rania Al-Sabbagh and Roxana Girju
Abstract This paper presents the first phase of building YADAC ― a multi-genre Dialectal Arabic (DA) corpus ― that is compiled using Web data from microblogs (i.e. Twitter), blogs/forums and online knowledge market services in which both questions and answers are user-generated. In addition to introducing two new genres to the current efforts of building DA corpora (i.e. microblogs and question-answer pairs extracted from online knowledge market services), the paper highlights and tackles several new issues related to building DA corpora that have not been handled in previous studies: function-based Web harvesting and dialect identification, vowel-based spelling variation, linguistic hypercorrection and its effect on spelling variation, unsupervised Part-of-Speech (POS) tagging and base phrase chunking for DA. Although the algorithms for both POS tagging and base-phrase chunking are still under development, the results are promising.
Topics Corpus (creation, annotation, etc.), Knowledge Discovery/Representation, Information Extraction, Information Retrieval
Full paper YADAC: Yet another Dialectal Arabic Corpus
Bibtex @InProceedings{ALSABBAGH12.663,
  author = {Rania Al-Sabbagh and Roxana Girju},
  title = {YADAC: Yet another Dialectal Arabic Corpus},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'12)},
  year = {2012},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-25},
  address = {Istanbul, Turkey},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Mehmet Uğur Doğan and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-7-7},
  language = {english}
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