Towards a Portable SLU System Applied to MSA and Low-resourced Algerian Dialects

  • Mohamed LichouriEmail author
  • Rachida Djeradi
  • Amar Djeradi
  • Mourad Abbas
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 921)


As the most used approach to extend a Spoken language Understanding (SLU) from a language to another, Machine translation achieves high performance for English domains, which is not the case for other languages, especially low-resourced ones as Arabic and its dialects. To avoid Machine Translation approach which requires huge parallel corpora, we will investigate, in this paper, the problem of user’s intent interpretation from natural language queries to a system’s semantic representation format across the languages and dialects, namely: English, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and four vernacular Algerian dialects from different regions: Blida, Djelfa, Tenes and Tizi-Ouzou. We should note that the domain we have chosen to run our experiments is a special application of school management. For this, We use three classifiers: kNN, Gaussian Naive Bayes and Bernoulli Naive Bayes which led to an average accuracy of 90%.


Spoken Language Understanding Multilingual Dialects Portability Human-machine dialog Utterance Thematic approach 



Special thanks to Dhia El Hak Megtouf, Amel Elbachir and Karima Mahdjane for their contribution in corpus enrichment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Lichouri
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Rachida Djeradi
    • 2
  • Amar Djeradi
    • 2
  • Mourad Abbas
    • 1
  1. 1.Computational Linguistics DepartmentCRSTDLABouzaréahAlgeria
  2. 2.University of Science and Technology Houari BoumedieneBab EzzouarAlgeria

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