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Analogy in GrammarForm and Acquisition$
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James P. Blevins and Juliette Blevins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547548.001.0001

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Morphological analogy: Only a beginning

Morphological analogy: Only a beginning

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Analogy in Grammar

John Goldsmith

Oxford University Press

A range of approaches to word structure assume segmentation of words into morphs. This chapter proposes explicit algorithm that takes natural language text as its input, and produces the morphological structure of text as its output. Within this model, formal notions that correspond naturally to the traditional notion of analogy are useful and important as part of a boot-strapping heuristic for the discovery of morphological structure. At the same time, it is necessary to develop a refined quantitative model in order to find the kind of articulated linguistic structures that are to be found in natural languages.

Keywords:   analogy, machine learning, morphology, discovery procedures, computational linguistics, learning theory, grammar induction, Bayesian analysis

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