Coming to terms: Automatic formation of neologisms in Hebrew

Moran Mizrahi, Stav Yardeni Seelig, Dafna Shahaf

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Abstract

Spoken languages are ever-changing, with new words entering them all the time. However, coming up with new words (neologisms) today relies exclusively on human creativity. In this paper we propose a system to automatically suggest neologisms. We focus on the Hebrew language as a test case due to the unusual regularity of its noun formation. User studies comparing our algorithm to experts and non-experts demonstrate that our algorithm is capable of generating high-quality outputs, as well as enhance human creativity. More broadly, we seek to inspire more computational work around the topic of linguistic creativity, which we believe offers numerous unexplored opportunities.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationFindings of the Association for Computational Linguistics Findings of ACL
Subtitle of host publicationEMNLP 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages4918-4929
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781952148903
StatePublished - 2020
EventFindings of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2020: EMNLP 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 16 Nov 202020 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameFindings of the Association for Computational Linguistics Findings of ACL: EMNLP 2020

Conference

ConferenceFindings of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2020: EMNLP 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period16/11/2020/11/20

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