AMR Alignment for Morphologically-rich and Pro-drop Languages

Oral E., Eryiğit G.

60th Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Computational-Linguistics (ACL), Dublin, Ireland, 22 - 27 May 2022, pp.143-152 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland
  • Page Numbers: pp.143-152
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Alignment between concepts in an abstract meaning representation (AMR) graph and the words within a sentence is one of the important stages of AMR parsing. Although there exist high performing AMR aligners for English, unfortunately, these are not well suited for many languages where many concepts appear from morpho-semantic elements. For the first time in the literature, this paper presents an AMR aligner tailored for morphologically-rich and pro-drop languages by experimenting on the Turkish language being a prominent example of this language group. Our aligner focuses on the meaning considering the rich Turkish morphology and aligns AMR concepts that emerge from morphemes using a tree traversal approach without additional resources or rules. We evaluate our aligner over a manually annotated gold data set. Our aligner outperforms the Turkish adaptations of the previously proposed aligners for English and Portuguese by an F1 score of 0.87 and provides a relative error reduction of up to 76%.