Natural Language Processing of Semitic Languages by Imed ZitouniNatural Language Processing of Semitic Languages by Imed Zitouni

Natural Language Processing of Semitic Languages

byImed Zitouni

Hardcover | May 12, 2014

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Research in Natural Language Processing (NLP) has rapidly advanced in recent years, resulting in exciting algorithms for sophisticated processing of text and speech in various languages. Much of this work focuses on English; in this book we address another group of interesting and challenging languages for NLP research: the Semitic languages. The Semitic group of languages includes Arabic (206 million native speakers), Amharic (27 million), Hebrew (7 million), Tigrinya (6.7 million), Syriac (1 million) and Maltese (419 thousand). Semitic languages exhibit unique morphological processes, challenging syntactic constructions and various other phenomena that are less prevalent in other natural languages. These challenges call for unique solutions, many of which are described in this book.

The 13 chapters presented in this book bring together leading scientists from several universities and research institutes worldwide. While this book devotes some attention to cutting-edge algorithms and techniques, its primary purpose is a thorough explication of best practices in the field. Furthermore, every chapter describes how the techniques discussed apply to Semitic languages. The book covers both statistical approaches to NLP, which are dominant across various applications nowadays and the more traditional, rule-based approaches, that were proven useful for several other application domains. We hope that this book will provide a "one-stop-shop' for all the requisite background and practical advice when building NLP applications for Semitic languages.

Dr. Imed Zitouni is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft leading the Relevance Measurement Sciences group. Imed received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. with the highest-honors from the University-of-Nancy1 France.In 1995, he obtained a MEng degree in computer science from ENSI in Tunisia. He is a senior member of IEEE, served as a member of the IE...
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Title:Natural Language Processing of Semitic LanguagesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:459 pagesPublished:May 12, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I Natural Language Processing Core-Technologies .- 1.Linguistic Introduction: The Orthography, Morphology and Syntax of Semitic Languages. R.Fabri, M.Gasser, N. Habash, G. Kiraz and S.Wintner.- 2.Morphological Processing of Semitic Languages. S.Wintner.- 3.Syntax and Parsing of Semitic Languages. R. Tsarfaty.- 4.Semantic Processing of Semitic Languages. M. Diab and Y.Marton.- 5.Language Modeling. I. Heintz.-Part II Natural Language Processing Applications.- 6.Statistical Machine Translation. H. Hassan and K.Darwish.- 7.Named Entity Recognition. B.Mohit.- 8.Anaphora Resolution. K.M. Seddik and A. Farghaly.- 9.Relation Extraction. V. Castelli and I. Zitouni.- 10.Information Retrieval. K. Darwish.- 11.Question Answering. Y. Benajiba, P. Rosso, L. Abouenour, O. Trigui, K.Bouzoubaa and L.H. Belguith.- 12.Automatic Summarization.- L.H. Belguith, M. Ellouze, M.H. Maaloul, M. Jaoua, F. Kallel Jaoua and P. Blache.- 13.Automatic Speech Recognition. H. Soltau, G. Saon, L. Mangu, H-K.Kuo, B.Kingsbury, S. Chu and F. Biadsy.