Simulating Language Evolution: a Tool for Historical Linguistics

Alina Maria Ciobanu, Liviu P. Dinu


Abstract
Language change across space and time is one of the main concerns in historical linguistics. In this paper, we develop a language evolution simulator: a web-based tool for word form production to assist in historical linguistics, in studying the evolution of the languages. Given a word in a source language, the system automatically predicts how the word evolves in a target language. The method that we propose is language-agnostic and does not use any external knowledge, except for the training word pairs.
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C18-2015
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Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations
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August
Year:
2018
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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COLING
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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68–72
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