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Title Modeling Northern Haida Verb Morphology
Authors Jordan Lachler, Lene Antonsen, Trond Trosterud, Sjur Moshagen and Antti Arppe
Abstract This paper describes the development of a computational model of the morphology of Northern Haida based on finite state machines (FSMs), with a focus on verbs. Northern Haida is highly endangered, and a member of the isolate Haida macrolanguage, spoken in British Columbia and Alaska. Northern Haida is a highly-inflecting language whose verbal morphology relies largely on suffixes, with a limited number of prefixes. The suffixes trigger morphophonological changes in the stem, participate in blocking, and exhibit variable ordering in certain constructions. The computational model of Northern Haida verb morphology is capable of handling these complex affixation patterns and the morphophonological alternations that they engender. In this paper, we describe the challenges we encountered and the solutions we propose, while contextualizing the endeavour in the description, documentation and revitalization of First Nations Languages in Canada.
Topics Language Modelling, Endangered Languages, Morphology
Full paper Modeling Northern Haida Verb Morphology
Bibtex @InProceedings{LACHLER18.924,
  author = {Jordan Lachler and Lene Antonsen and Trond Trosterud and Sjur Moshagen and Antti Arppe},
  title = "{Modeling Northern Haida Verb Morphology}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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