Processing South Asian Languages Written in the Latin Script: the Dakshina Dataset

Brian Roark, Lawrence Wolf-Sonkin, Christo Kirov, Sabrina J. Mielke, Cibu Johny, Isin Demirsahin, Keith Hall


Abstract
This paper describes the Dakshina dataset, a new resource consisting of text in both the Latin and native scripts for 12 South Asian languages. The dataset includes, for each language: 1) native script Wikipedia text; 2) a romanization lexicon; and 3) full sentence parallel data in both a native script of the language and the basic Latin alphabet. We document the methods used for preparation and selection of the Wikipedia text in each language; collection of attested romanizations for sampled lexicons; and manual romanization of held-out sentences from the native script collections. We additionally provide baseline results on several tasks made possible by the dataset, including single word transliteration, full sentence transliteration, and language modeling of native script and romanized text.
Anthology ID:
2020.lrec-1.294
Volume:
Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Month:
May
Year:
2020
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Marseille, France
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LREC
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European Language Resources Association
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Pages:
2413–2423
Language:
English
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https://aclanthology.org/2020.lrec-1.294
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https://aclanthology.org/2020.lrec-1.294.pdf
Code
 google-research-datasets/dakshina
Data
Dakshina