Professor or Screaming Beast? Detecting Anomalous Words in Chinese

Wei Liu, Ben Allison, Louise Guthrie


Abstract
The Internet has become the most popular platform for communication. However because most of the modern computer keyboard is Latin-based, Asian languages such as Chinese cannot input its characters (Hanzi) directly with these keyboards. As a result, methods for representing Chinese characters using Latin alphabets were introduced. The most popular method among these is the Pinyin input system. Pinyin is also called “Romanised” Chinese in that it phonetically resembles a Chinese character. Due to the highly ambiguous mapping from Pinyin to Chinese characters, word misuses can occur using standard computer keyboard, and more commonly so in internet chat-rooms or instant messengers where the language used is less formal. In this paper we aim to develop a system that can automatically identify such anomalies, whether they are simple typos or whether they are intentional. After identifying them, the system should suggest the correct word to be used.
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L08-1325
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Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)
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May
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2008
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Marrakech, Morocco
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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