DALILA: The dialectal Arabic linguistic learning assistant

Salam Khalifa, Houda Bouamor, Nizar Habash

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Abstract

Dialectal Arabic (DA) poses serious challenges for Natural Language Processing (NLP). The number and sophistication of tools and datasets in DA are very limited in comparison to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and other languages. MSA tools do not effectively model DA which makes the direct use of MSA NLP tools for handling dialects impractical. This is particularly a challenge for the creation of tools to support learning Arabic as a living language on the web, where authentic material can be found in both MSA and DA. In this paper, we present the Dialectal Arabic Linguistic Learning Assistant (DALILA), a Chrome extension that utilizes cutting-edge Arabic dialect NLP research to assist learners and non-native speakers in understanding text written in either MSA or DA. DALILA provides dialectal word analysis and English gloss corresponding to each word.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Marko Grobelnik, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages1098-1102
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9782951740891
StatePublished - 2016
Event10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 - Portoroz, Slovenia
Duration: May 23 2016May 28 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016

Other

Other10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016
CountrySlovenia
CityPortoroz
Period5/23/165/28/16

Keywords

  • Computer assisted language learning
  • Dialectal Arabic
  • Morphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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    Khalifa, S., Bouamor, H., & Habash, N. (2016). DALILA: The dialectal Arabic linguistic learning assistant. In N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, H. Mazo, A. Moreno, T. Declerck, S. Goggi, M. Grobelnik, J. Odijk, S. Piperidis, B. Maegaard, & J. Mariani (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp. 1098-1102). (Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016). European Language Resources Association (ELRA).