Verbal extension sequencing: An examination from a computational perspective

TitleVerbal extension sequencing: An examination from a computational perspective
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsAnderson, Winston, and Kotzé Albert E.
Booktitle14th International Conference of the African Language Association of Southern Africa
LocationNelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Lexical transducers utilise a two-level finite-state network to simultaneously code morphological analysis and morphological generation rewrite rules. Multiple extensions following the verb root can be morphologically analysed as a closed morpheme class using different computational techniques. Analysis of a multiple extension sequence is achieved by trivial analysis, based on any combination of the closed class members, but this produces unnecessary over-generation of lexical items, many of which may not occur in a lexicon. Limiting the extension combinations in an attempt to represent examples that may actually exist in terms of both the possible number of extensions in a sequence and the relative ordering of the extensions, leads to a radical reduction in the generation of lexical items while the ability to analyse adequately is maintained. The presenters highlight details of their findings as well as the testing of possible extension sequences and morphophonemic alternations of extensions for Northern Sotho, garnered from literature research, lexicographic investigation and the computational morphological analysis of texts.