Challenges of studying and processing dialects in social media

@inproceedings{Jrgensen2015ChallengesOS,
  title={Challenges of studying and processing dialects in social media},
  author={Anna J{\o}rgensen and Dirk Hovy and Anders S{\o}gaard},
  booktitle={NUT@IJCNLP},
  year={2015}
}
Dialect features typically do not make it into formal writing, but flourish in social media. This enables largescale variational studies. We focus on three phonological features of African American Vernacular English and their manifestation as spelling variations on Twitter. We discuss to what extent our data can be used to falsify eight sociolinguistic hypotheses. To go beyond the spelling level, we require automatic analysis such as POS tagging, but social media language still challenges… CONTINUE READING

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