Skype talk on an NLP project on the Zaar and Hausa languages

Joseph Lovestrand has sent us the following message:

The Chadic Languages & Cultures group, run by Cameroonian linguists, is meeting online again this Saturday April 24, 9 AM, Cameroon time (GMT+1). All are welcome to join the discussion (in French and English)!

Chadic Languages & Cultures
Saturday, April 24, 2021
9-10 am (Cameroon time, GMT+1)
Join via Skype:

Bernard Caron will present his upcoming work on treebanks and automated descriptive grammars for an NLP project (CNRS) on the Zaar and Hausa languages.


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    Treebanks for Chadic Linguisitics
    Bernard Caron. 24/04/2021

    The short presentation will concern treebanks and their use in linguistics: why do we need treebanks? How can Natural Language Processing and deep learning help us in building and editing treebanks? We will see examples of the use of treebanks to extract the grammar and vocabulary of a language, and conduct corpus-driven linguistics, in its grammatical, lexical, sociological and typological dimensions.
    Examples will be drawn from the NaijaSynCor project on Naija (Nigerian Pidgin (Caron 2020; NJSC)) and from a recent corpus-based syntactic sketch of Wolof (Bondéelle & Kahane 2021).

    La brève présentation portera sur les treebanks et leur utilisation en linguistique : pourquoi avons-nous besoin de treebanks ? Comment le Traitement Automatique du Langage et le deep learning peuvent-il nous aider à construire et éditer des treebanks ? Nous verrons des exemples d’utilisation de treebanks pour extraire la grammaire et le vocabulaire d’une langue, et développer une linguistique de corpus, dans ses dimensions grammaticales, lexicales, sociologiques et typologiques.
    Des exemples seront pris dans le projet NaijaSynCor sur le Naija (Nigerian Pidgin (Caron 2020 ; NJSC)) et dans une récente esquisse syntaxique du Wolof basée sur un treebank du wolof (Bondéelle & Kahane 2021).

    References :
    Bondéelle, Olivier & Sylvain Kahane. 2021. Les particules verbales du wolof et leur combinatoire syntaxique et topologique. Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris. Peeters Publishers 115(1). 391–465.
    Caron, Bernard. 2020. Methodological and technical challenges of a corpus-based study of Naija. In Nina Pawlak & Izabela Will (eds.), West African languages. Linguistic theory and communication, 57–75. Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press. (7 February, 2021).
    NJSC. Naijionary. (22 April, 2021).

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