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Title: Rewriting the orthography of SMS messages
Author: Francois Yvon
Institution: Université Paris Sud 11
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics; Writing Systems
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Electronic written texts used in computer-mediated interactions (emails, blogs, chats, and the like) contain significant deviations from the norm of the language. This paper presents the detail of a system aiming at normalizing the orthography of French SMS messages: after discussing the linguistic peculiarities of these messages and possible approaches to their automatic normalization, we present, compare, and evaluate various instantiations of a normalization device based on weighted finite-state transducers. These experiments show that using an intermediate phonemic representation and training, our system outperforms an alternative normalization system based on phrase-based statistical machine translation techniques.

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This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 16, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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