Clause-based Discourse Segmentation of Arabic Texts

Iskandar Keskes, Farah Benamara, Lamia Hadrich Belguith


Abstract
This paper describes a rule-based approach to segment Arabic texts into clauses. Our method relies on an extensive analysis of a large set of lexical cues as well as punctuation marks. Our analysis was carried out on two different corpus genres: news articles and elementary school textbooks. We propose a three steps segmentation algorithm: first by using only punctuation marks, then by relying only on lexical cues and finally by using both typology and lexical cues. The results were compared with manual segmentations elaborated by experts.
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L12-1559
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Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'12)
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May
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2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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LREC
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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2826–2832
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