[Corpora-List] arabic transliteration

Nizar Habash habash at ccls.columbia.edu
Tue May 29 16:08:11 CEST 2012


Hi all --

(1) For a review of the terms Romanization, Transcription and Transliteration, please see Kenneth Beesley's paper: http://open.xerox.com/Services/arabic-morphology/Pages/romanization

(2) Please consider this book chapter which discusses issues in Arabic transliteration and makes a proposal for a scheme to be used in published papers and articles:

Habash, Nizar, Abdelhadi Soudi, and Tim Buckwalter. “On Arabic Transliteration.” Book Chapter. In Arabic Computational Morphology: Knowledge-based and Empirical Methods. Editors Antal van den Bosch and Abdelhadi Soudi. 2007.

http://www.nizarhabash.com/publications/chapter2BisHabash_et_al-2007-web.pdf

regards,

Nizar

On May 29, 2012, at 8:59 AM, Hardie, Andrew wrote:


> Hi all
>
> Since lots of people have been mentioning the Buckwalter transliteration, it’s worth mentioning that this is designed for a very specific purpose: one-to-one lossless representation of the original sequence of Arabic characters using only ASCII characters. This is ideal for the places where that transliteration is usually used, i.e. within Arabic processing systems. Given the NLP interests of many list members it’s not surprising the Buckwalter system was the first suggested.
>
> But this scheme is not ideal for purposes other than automatic processing. It’s not designed for readability, or to reflect pronunciation, or to be used (for instance) for the rendering of Arabic examples in published papers! For these kinds of purposes, you are much better off with either an actual IPA transcription (if you need to discuss phonetic details) or an accepted standard Romanisation, such as ISO-233 or the Library of Congress scheme. Typically a Romanisation scheme will not be a direct transliteration because it will normally make explicit features of the pronunciation which are implicit in Arabic.
>
> best
>
> Andrew.
>
> From: corpora-bounces at uib.no [mailto:corpora-bounces at uib.no] On Behalf Of Marwa GRAJA
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> To: Amira Barhoumi
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> Subject: Re: [Corpora-List] arabic transliteration
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> Hi Amira,
>
> You can find in the attached file the java program of Backwalter Code .
>
> Good luck
>
> 2012/5/25 Amira Barhoumi <amirabarhoumi29 at yahoo.fr>
> Hello,
>
> I want to know how doing transliteration of an Arabic sentence.
> Is there any norm?
>
> Thanks,
> Amira
> Master student in computer science
>
>
>
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