A probabilistic approach to diachronic phonology

Alexandre Bouchard-Côté, Percy Liang, Thomas L. Griffiths, Dan Klein

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Abstract

We present a probabilistic model of diachronic phonology in which individual word forms undergo stochastic edits along the branches of a phylogenetic tree. Our approach allows us to achieve three goals with a single unified model: (1) reconstruction of both ancient and modern word forms, (2) discovery of general phonological changes, and (3) selection among different phylogenies. We learn our model using a Monte Carlo EM algorithm and present quantitative results validating the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages887-896
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 Joint Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Computational Natural Language Learning, EMNLP-CoNLL 2007 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Jun 28 2007Jun 28 2007

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Other2007 Joint Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Computational Natural Language Learning, EMNLP-CoNLL 2007
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period6/28/076/28/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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    Bouchard-Côté, A., Liang, P., Griffiths, T. L., & Klein, D. (2007). A probabilistic approach to diachronic phonology. 887-896. Paper presented at 2007 Joint Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Computational Natural Language Learning, EMNLP-CoNLL 2007, Prague, Czech Republic.