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Data Collection and Analysis of Mapudungun Morphology for Spelling Correction Christian Monson1 Lori Levin1 Rodolfo Vega1 Ralf Brown1 Ariadna Font Llitjos1 Lavie1 Jaime Carbonell1 Eliseo Ca ulef2 Rosendo Huisca2 Alon 1 Language Technologies Institute Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh PA 15213 2 Instituto de Estudios Ind genas Universidad de La Frontera Montevideo 0870 Temuco Chile cmonson cs cmu edu lsl cs cmu edu rmvega cs cmu edu ralf cs cmu edu aria cs cmu edu alavie cs cmu edu jgc cs cmu edu ecanulef ufro cl rhuisca entelchile net Abstract This paper describes part of a three year collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University s Language Technologies Institute the Programa de Educaci n Intercultural Biling e of the Chilean Ministry of Education and Universidad de La Frontera Temuco Chile We are currently constructing a spelling checker for Mapudungun a polysynthetic language spoken by the Mapuche people in Chile and Argentina The spelling checker will be built in MySpell the spell checking system used by the open source office suite OpenOffice This paper also describes the spoken language corpus that is used as a source of data for developing the spelling checker Introduction Mapudungun This paper describes part of a three year collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University s Language Technologies Institute the Programa de Educaci n Intercultural Biling e of the Chilean Ministry of Education and Universidad de La Frontera Temuco Chile In a previous paper Levin et al 2002 we provided an overview of the project In this paper we will focus on the preparation of corpora and lexica that will support an on line lexicon and a spelling corrector for Mapudungun an indigenous language of Chile Our project has scientific and social significance The scientific novelty of the project is in the application of computational tools such as morphological analysis Example Based Machine Translation and Transfer Based MT to a polysynthetic language We are



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