Affix Discovery by Means of Corpora: Experiments for Spanish, Czech, Ralámuli and Chuj

  • Alfonso Medina-Urrea
Part of the Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing book series (STUDFUZZ, volume 209)


Although the focus on morpheme discovering techniques originated within those linguistic schools which inherited from Franz Boas the concern for the unknown languages of the NewWorld, automatic, unsupervised morphological segmentation remains a field of interest for the computational processing and engineering1 of natural languages, as well as for the plain exercise of getting to know them intimately.2


Word Segmentation Word Fragment Left Segment Tense Marker Minimal Distance Method 
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  • Alfonso Medina-Urrea
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  1. 1.Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxico

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