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Weird inflects but OK: Making sense of morphological generation errors

K Gorman, AD McCarthy, R Cotterell, E Vylomova, M Silfverberg, M Markowska

CoNLL 2019 - 23rd Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning, Proceedings of the Conference | Published : 2019

Abstract

We conduct a manual error analysis of the CoNLL-SIGMORPHON 2017 Shared Task on Morphological Reinflection. In this task, systems are given a word in citation form (e.g., hug) and asked to produce the corresponding inflected form (e.g., the simple past hugged). This design lets us analyze errors much like we might analyze children's production errors. We propose an error taxonomy and use it to annotate errors made by the top two systems across twelve languages. Many of the observed errors are related to inflectional patterns sensitive to inherent linguistic properties such as animacy or affect; many others are failures to predict truly unpredictable inflectional behaviors. We also find nearly..

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