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1 CS 4705 Morphology: Words and their Parts CS 4705

2 Basic Uses of Morphology The study of how words are composed from smaller, meaning-bearing units (morphemes) Applications: –Spelling correction: referece –Hyphenation algorithms: refer-ence –Part-of-speech analysis: googler –Text-to-speech: grapheme-to-phoneme conversion hothouse (/T/ or /D/)

3 –Speech recognition: phoneme-to-grapheme conversion –Amusing poetry and artificial languages in standardized tests ‘Twas brillig and the slithy toves… Muggles moogled migwiches

4 What is a word? In formal languages, words are arbitrary strings In natural languages, words are made up of meaningful subunits called morphemes –Allows for productivity: googled, texted –Abstract concepts denoting entities or relationships in the world Roots + Syntactic or grammatical elements –Realizations of morphemes: morphs Door realizes door; take and took realize take

5 Allomorphs are classes of related morphs that realize a given morpheme –Allomorphs of s include en, men, es in English –Take and took are allomorphs of take –Sum: Morpheme [s] is realized by an allomorph class that includes the related morphs {en,men,es} –Syntactic or grammatical morphemes can convey many things –In Italian, mark nouns for gender and number SingularPlural Mascpomodoropomodori Femcipollacipolle pomodor- cipoll-: stems, may or may not occur on their own as words –Stem may not occur as a word: derivative/deriv –Base form (lemma) occurs as word: derivative/derive –Sometimes the same: cars has stem ‘car’ and base form or lemma ‘car’ too

6 What useful information does morphology give us? Different things in different languages –Spanish: hablo, hablaré/ English: I speak, I will speak –English: book, books/ Japanese: hon, hon Languages differ in how they encode morphological information –Isolating languages (e.g. Cantonese) have no affixes: each word usually has 1 morpheme –Agglutinative languages (e.g. Finnish, Turkish) are composed of prefixes and suffixes added to a stem (like beads on a string) – each feature realized by a single affix, e.g. Finnish

7 epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän ‘Wonder if he can also... with his capability of not causing things to be unsystematic’ –Inflectional languages (e.g. English) merge different features into a single affix (e.g. ‘s’ in likes indicates both person and tense); and the same feature can be realized by different affixes –Polysynthetic languages (e.g. Inuit languages) express much of their syntax in their morphology, incorporating a verb’s arguments into the verb, e.g. Western Greenlandic Aliikusersuillammassuaanerartassagaluarpaalli. aliiku-sersu-i-llammas-sua-a-nerar-ta-ssa-galuar-paal-li entertainment-provide-SEMITRANS-one.good.at-COP-say.that-REP- FUT-sure.but-3.PL.SUBJ/3SG.OBJ-but 'However, they will say that he is a great entertainer, but...'SEMITRANSCOP FUTOBJ –So….different languages may require very different morphological analyzers

8 Morphology Can Help Define Word Classes AKA morphological classes, parts-of-speech Closed vs. open (function vs. content) class words –Pronoun, preposition, conjunction, determiner,… –Noun, verb, adverb, adjective,… Identifying word classes is useful for almost any task in NLP, from translation to speech recognition to topic detection…very basic semantics

9 (English) Inflectional Morphology Word stem + grammatical morpheme  different forms of same word –Usually produces word of same classclass –Usually serves a syntactic or grammatical function (e.g. agreement) like  likes or liked bird  birds Nominal morphology –Plural forms s or es Irregular forms (goose/geese)

10 Mass vs. count nouns (fish/fish(es), or s?) –Possessives (cat’s, cats’) Verbal inflection –Main verbs (sleep, like, fear) relatively regular -s, ing, ed And productive: ed, instant-messaged, faxed, homered But some are not: –eat/ate/eaten, catch/caught/caught –Primary (be, have, do) and modal verbs (can, will, must) often irregular and not productive »Be: am/is/are/were/was/been/being –Irregular verbs few (~250) but frequently occurring

11 Particles occur in only one form: in English –Prepositions: to, from –Adverbs: happily, quickly –Conjunctions: but, and –Articles: the, a, an –Japanese? So….English inflectional morphology is fairly easy to model….with some special cases...

12 Derivational Morphology Word stem + syntactic/grammatical morpheme  new words –Usually produces word of different class –Incomplete process: derivational morphs cannot be applied to just any member of a class Verbs --> nouns –-ize verbs  -ation nouns –generalize, realize  generalization, realization –synthesize but no synthesization

13 Verbs, nouns  adjectives –embrace, pity  embraceable, pitiable –care, wit  careless, witless Adjective  adverb –happy  happily Process selective in unpredictable ways –Less productive: nerveless/*evidence-less, malleable/*sleep-able, rar-ity/*rareness –Meanings of derived terms harder to predict by rule clueless, careless, nerveless, sleepless

14 Derivation can be applied recursively: –Hospital  hospitalize  hospitalization  prehospitalization  … –Morphological analysis identifies concatenative processes as well as morphemes [pre[[[hospital]ize]ation]] –But there are bracketing paradoxes unhappier [un[happier]: not happier [[unhappy]er]: more unhappy

15 Compounding Two base forms join to form a new word –Bedtime, Weinerschnitzel, Rotwein –Careful? Compound or derivation?

16 Affixes can be attached to stems in different ways –Prefixation Immaterial –Suffixation: more common across languages than prefixation Trying –Circumfixation: combine prefixation and suffixation Gesagt

17 –Infixation English: Absobl**dylutely Bontoc: ‘um’ turns adjectives and nouns into verbs (kilad (red)  kumilad (to be red))

18 Concatenative vs. Non-concatenative Morphology Semitic root-and-pattern morphology –Root (2-4 consonants) conveys basic semantics (e.g. Arabic /ktb/) –Vowel pattern conveys voice and aspect –Derivational template (binyan) identifies word class

19 TemplateVowel Pattern activepassive CVCVCkatabkutibwrite CVCCVCkattabkuttibcause to write CVVCVCka:tabku:tibcorrespond tVCVVCVCtaka:tabtuku:tib write each other nCVVCVCnka:tabnku:tibsubscribe CtVCVCktatabktutibwrite stVCCVCstaktabstuktibdictate

20 Morphotactics What are the ‘rules’ for constructing a word in a given language? –Pseudo-intellectual vs. *intellectual-pseudo –Rational-ize vs *ize-rational –Cretin-ous vs. *cretin-ly vs. *cretin-acious Possible ‘rules’ –Suffixes are suffixes and prefixes are prefixes –Certain affixes attach to certain types of stems (nouns, verbs, etc.) –Certain stems can/cannot take certain affixes

21 Semantics: In English, un- cannot attach to adjectives that already have a negative connotation: –Unhappy vs. *unsad –Unhealthy vs. *unsick –Unclean vs. *undirty Phonology: In English, -er cannot attach to words of more than two syllables –great, greater –Happy, happier –Competent, *competenter –Elegant, *eleganter –Unruly, ?unrulier

22 Morphological Parsing These regularities enable us to create software to parse words into their component parts –Known words and new ones (e.g. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosi s, Columbianize, Columbianization)

23 Morphological Representations: Evidence from Human Performance Hypotheses: –Full listing hypothesis: words listed –Minimum redundancy hypothesis: morphemes listed Experimental evidence: –Priming experiments (Does seeing/hearing one word facilitate recognition of another?) suggest neither –Regularly inflected forms (e.g. cars) prime stem (car) but not derived forms (e.g. management, manage)

24 –But spoken derived words can prime stems if they are semantically close (e.g. government/govern but not department/depart) Speech errors suggest affixes must be represented separately in the mental lexicon –‘easy enoughly’ for ‘easily enough’

25 Summing Up Different languages have different morphological systems –If we can discover how to decode such a system, we can identify useful information about the word class and the semantic meaning of a word –Morphological regularities provide basis for building (automatic) morphological analyzers Next time: Read Ch –HW1 will be assigned (check the course syllabus and courseworks)

26 Announcements HW1 will now be due 9/25/07 WICS lunch tomorrow at noon in the CS Lounge, 452 MUDD (rsvp to


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