Morphological Disambiguation of South S\'ami with FSTs and Neural Networks

Mika Hämäläinen, Linda Wiechetek

We present a method for conducting morphological disambiguation for South S\'ami, which is an endangered language. Our method uses an FST-based morphological analyzer to produce an ambiguous set of morphological readings for each word in a sentence. These readings are disambiguated with a Bi-RNN model trained on the related North S\'ami UD Treebank and some synthetically generated South S\'ami data. The disambiguation is done on the level of morphological tags ignoring word forms and lemmas; this makes it possible to use North S\'ami training data for South S\'ami without the need for a bilingual dictionary or aligned word embeddings. Our approach requires only minimal resources for South S\'ami, which makes it usable and applicable in the contexts of any other endangered language as well.

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