Computational Etymology and Word Emergence

Winston Wu, David Yarowsky


Abstract
We developed an extensible, comprehensive Wiktionary parser that improves over several existing parsers. We predict the etymology of a word across the full range of etymology types and languages in Wiktionary, showing improvements over a strong baseline. We also model word emergence and show the application of etymology in modeling this phenomenon. We release our parser to further research in this understudied field.
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2020.lrec-1.397
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Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
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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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3252–3259
Language:
English
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https://aclanthology.org/2020.lrec-1.397
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Winston Wu and David Yarowsky. 2020. Computational Etymology and Word Emergence. In Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, pages 3252–3259, Marseille, France. European Language Resources Association.
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