Lingshuang Jack Mao

Also published as: Lingshuang Mao


Sound Analogies with Phoneme Embeddings
Miikka P. Silfverberg | Lingshuang Mao | Mans Hulden
Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL) 2018


Data Augmentation for Morphological Reinflection
Miikka Silfverberg | Adam Wiemerslage | Ling Liu | Lingshuang Jack Mao
Proceedings of the CoNLL SIGMORPHON 2017 Shared Task: Universal Morphological Reinflection


Morphological reinflection with conditional random fields and unsupervised features
Ling Liu | Lingshuang Jack Mao
Proceedings of the 14th SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology

How Regular is Japanese Loanword Adaptation? A Computational Study
Lingshuang Mao | Mans Hulden
Proceedings of COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Technical Papers

The modifications that foreign loanwords undergo when adapted into Japanese have been the subject of much study in linguistics. The scholarly interest of the topic can be attributed to the fact that Japanese loanwords undergo a complex series of phonological adaptations, something which has been puzzling scholars for decades. While previous studies of Japanese loanword accommodation have focused on specific phonological phenomena of limited scope, the current study leverages computational methods to provide a more complete description of all the sound changes that occur when adopting English words into Japanese. To investigate this, we have developed a parallel corpus of 250 English transcriptions and their respective Japanese equivalents. These words were then used to develop a wide-coverage finite state transducer based phonological grammar that mimics the behavior of the Japanese adaption process. By developing rules with the goal of accounting completely for a large number of borrowing and analyzing forms mistakenly generated by the system, we discovered an internal inconsistency inside the loanword phonology of the Japanese language, something arguably underestimated by previous studies. The result of the investigation suggests that there are multiple ‘dimensions’ that shape the output form of the current Japanese loanwords. These dimensions include orthography, phonetics, and historical changes.