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Doctoral thesis on Computational Linguistics Resources for Indo-Iranian Languages

November 30, 2021 - 18:11

Shafqat Mumtaz Virk at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, defended his doctoral thesis entitled ”Computational Linguistics Resources for Indo-Iranian Languages” on Monday 3 June 2013. The faculty opponent was Dr. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai.
Shafqat has a background from University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan. For his thesis work, he has been supervised by Professor Aarne Ranta, and Dr. K.V.S. Prasad, while working in the Grammatical Framework group at University of Gothenburg. The thesis deals with the question whether computers can process human languages. Virk elucidates the development of computational (”resource”) grammars for six Indo-Iranian languages: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Persian, Sindhi, and Nepali.
He also provides computational evidence of the similarities/differences between Hindi and Urdu, and report a mechanical development of a Hindi resource grammar starting from an Urdu resource grammar. He uses a functor style implementation that makes it possible to share the commonalities between the two languages, finding that sharing is possible upto 94% at the syntax level, whereas at the lexical level Hindi and Urdu differed in 18% of the basic words, in 31% of tourist phrases, and in 92% of school mathematics terms. More information about the thesis.
Read the full-text PhD thesis.
Doctoral thesis on Computational Linguistics Resources for Indo-Iranian Languages


November 30, 2021