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The Study of Effect of Length in Morphological Segmentation of Agglutinative Languages

Publication at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics |


Morph length is one of the indicative feature that helps learning the morphology of languages, in particular agglutinative languages. In this paper, we introduce a simple unsupervised model for morphological segmentation and study how the knowledge of morph length affect the performance of the segmentation task under the Bayesian framework.

The model is based on (Goldwater et al., 2006) unigram word segmentation model and assumes a simple prior distribution over morph length. We experiment this model on two highly related and agglutinative languages namely Tamil and Telugu, and compare our results with the state of the art Morfessor system.

We show that, knowledge of morph length has a positive impact and provides competitive results in terms of overall performance.