[Corpora-List] Chinese spelling bakeoff

Yunqing Xia yqxia at tsinghua.edu.cn
Wed Apr 16 14:19:01 CEST 2014

Hi Simon,

Your observation is interesting. There is indeed no 'spelling' in Chinese, because Chinese characters are 'drawn', rather than 'spelled'. To me, the term 'spelling' only applies to languages based on letters. But I believe the Chinese researchers can understand what 'Chinese spelling error' means though it is not appropriate.

Instead, I think 'typo' is an appropriate term for the so-called 'spelling error' in Chinese. Typo represents an error in editing, which is output of various input approaches. Typo has nothing to do with meaning, but I am not sure whether spelling errors cover the meaning-level word misuse.

cheers, Yunqing

On 16 April 2014 18:18, Simon Smith <smithsgj at gmail.com> wrote:

> > *Task Description*
> > The goal of this task is to evaluate the capability of a Chinese spelling
> > checker. The passage consisting of several sentences with/without
> spelling
> > errors will be given as the input. The checker should return the
> locations
> > of incorrect characters and suggest the correct characters. Each
> character
> > or punctuation occupies one position for counting location. If the input
> > contains no spelling errors, the system should return ?*pid, 0*?. If the
> > input contains at least one spelling errors, the output format is ?*pid
> [,
> > location, correction]+*?.
> Chinese doesn't have "spelling" as such, so I'm trying to figure out
> what you are saying correct spelling in an alphabetic language
> corresponds to in Chinese. For me, the closest analogy would mean
> writing the character correctly: no strokes missing, or other
> compositional errors.
> That can't be what you mean, though, since you're looking at
> electronic input. In the essays, the characters cannot possibly have
> missing strokes or compositional errors; the errors can only be in the
> choice of character. If a student writes pengyou using youmeiyou de
> you instead of pengyou de you, for example, is that a spelling error,
> since the phonetic realization of the correct and incorrect characters
> is the same? Or, if someone wrote yueliang de yue instead of peng,
> replacing the correct character with one that *looks* like it, would
> that count?
> Or is that any incorrect character counts as a spelling mistake? But
> that's not a "spelling" issue, is it?
> (Does the last quoted line ( ?*pid) above show an example error in
> Chinese? I don't think Chinese characters show up properly on corpora
> list...)
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