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A Probabilistic Approach to Diachronic Phonology

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A Probabilistic Approach to Diachronic Phonology
We present a probabilistic model of diachronic phonology in which individual word forms undergo stochastic edits along the branches of a phylogenetic tree. Our approach allows us to achieve three goals with a single unified model: (1) reconstruction of both ancient and modern word forms, (2) discovery of general phonological changes, and (3) selection among different phylogenies. We learn our model using a Monte Carlo EM algorithm and present quantitative results validating the model.
Alexandre Bouchard-Côté, Percy Liang,
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where EMNLP
Authors Alexandre Bouchard-Côté, Percy Liang, Thomas L. Griffiths, Dan Klein
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