Normalizing Non-canonical Turkish Texts Using Machine Translation Approaches

Colakoglu T., Sulubacak U., Tantuğ A. C.

57th Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Computational-Linguistics (ACL), Florence, Italy, 28 July - 02 August 2019, pp.267-272 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Florence
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.267-272
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


With the growth of the social web, user-generated text data has reached unprecedented sizes. Non-canonical text normalization provides a way to exploit this as a practical source of training data for language processing systems. The state of the art in Turkish text normalization is composed of a token-level pipeline of modules, heavily dependent on external linguistic resources and manually-defined rules. Instead, we propose a fully-automated, context-aware machine translation approach with fewer stages of processing. Experiments with various implementations of our approach show that we are able to surpass the current best-performing system by a large margin.