A Joint Learning Model of Word Segmentation, Lexical Acquisition, and Phonetic Variability

@inproceedings{Elsner2013AJL,
  title={A Joint Learning Model of Word Segmentation, Lexical Acquisition, and Phonetic Variability},
  author={Micha Elsner and Sharon Goldwater and Naomi Feldman and Frank Wood},
  booktitle={EMNLP},
  year={2013}
}
We present a cognitive model of early lexical acquisition which jointly performs word segmentation and learns an explicit model of phonetic variation. We define the model as a Bayesian noisy channel; we sample segmentations and word forms simultaneously from the posterior, using beam sampling to control the size of the search space. Compared to a pipelined approach in which segmentation is performed first, our model is qualitatively more similar to human learners. On data with variable… CONTINUE READING
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