The madar Arabic dialect corpus and lexicon

Houda Bouamor, Nizar Habash, Mohammad Salameh, Wajdi Zaghouani, Owen Rambow, Dana Abdulrahim, Ossama Obeid, Salam Khalifa, Fadhl Eryani, Alexander Erdmann, Kemal Oflazer

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In this paper, we present two resources that were created as part of the Multi Arabic Dialect Applications and Resources (MADAR) project. The first is a large parallel corpus of 25 Arabic city dialects in the travel domain. The second is a lexicon of 1,045 concepts with an average of 45 words from 25 cities per concept. These resources are the first of their kind in terms of the breadth of their coverage and the fine location granularity. The focus on cities, as opposed to regions in studying Arabic dialects, opens new avenues to many areas of research from dialectology to dialect identification and machine translation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9791095546009
StatePublished - 2018

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NameLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation


  • Arabic Dialects
  • Lexicon
  • Parallel Corpus


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