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Transforming Standard Arabic to Colloquial Arabic

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posted on 08.07.2012, 00:00 by Emad Mohamed, Behrang Mohit, Kemal OflazerKemal Oflazer
We present a method for generating Colloquial Egyptian Arabic (CEA) from morphologically disambiguated Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). When used in POS tagging, this process improves the accuracy from 73.24% to 86.84% on unseen CEA text, and reduces the percentage of out-of vocabulary words from 28.98% to 16.66%. The process holds promise for any NLP task targeting the dialectal varieties of Arabic; e.g., this approach may provide a cheap way to leverage MSA data and morphological resources to create resources for colloquial Arabic to English machine translation. It can also considerably speed up the annotation of Arabic dialects.


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Published in Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pages 176–180, Jeju, Republic of Korea, 8-14 July 2012.



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