Methods for Amharic Part-of-Speech Tagging

TitleMethods for Amharic Part-of-Speech Tagging
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsGambäck, Björn, Olsson Fredrik, Atelach Alemu, and Asker L.
BooktitleProceedings of the First Workshop on Language Technologies for African Languages (AfLaT 2009)
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
LocationAthens, Greece
EditorDe Pauw, Guy, de Schryver Gilles-Maurice, and Levin Lori

The paper describes a set of experiments involving the application of three state-of-the-art part-of-speech taggers to Ethiopian Amharic, using three different tagsets. The taggers showed worse performance than previously reported results for English, in particular having problems with unknown words. The best results were obtained using a Maximum Entropy approach, while HMM-based and SVM-based taggers got comparable results.

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