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Sub-character Neural Language Modelling in Japanese
Viet Nguyen | Julian Brooke | Timothy Baldwin
Proceedings of the First Workshop on Subword and Character Level Models in NLP

In East Asian languages such as Japanese and Chinese, the semantics of a character are (somewhat) reflected in its sub-character elements. This paper examines the effect of using sub-characters for language modeling in Japanese. This is achieved by decomposing characters according to a range of character decomposition datasets, and training a neural language model over variously decomposed character representations. Our results indicate that language modelling can be improved through the inclusion of sub-characters, though this result depends on a good choice of decomposition dataset and the appropriate granularity of decomposition.