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chr_en

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Dataset Summary

ChrEn is a Cherokee-English parallel dataset to facilitate machine translation research between Cherokee and English. ChrEn is extremely low-resource contains 14k sentence pairs in total, split in ways that facilitate both in-domain and out-of-domain evaluation. ChrEn also contains 5k Cherokee monolingual data to enable semi-supervised learning.

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

The dataset is intended to use for machine-translation between Enlish (en) and Cherokee (chr).

Languages

The dataset contains Enlish (en) and Cherokee (chr) text. The data encompasses both existing dialects of Cherokee: the Overhill dialect, mostly spoken in Oklahoma (OK), and the Middle dialect, mostly used in North Carolina (NC).

Dataset Structure

Data Instances

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Data Fields

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Data Splits

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Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

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Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

Many of the source texts were translations of English materials, which means that the Cherokee structures may not be 100% natural in terms of what a speaker might spontaneously produce. Each text was translated by people who speak Cherokee as the first language, which means there is a high probability of grammaticality. These data were originally available in PDF version. We apply the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) via Tesseract OCR engine to extract the Cherokee and English text.

Who are the source language producers?

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Annotations

Annotation process

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Who are the annotators?

The sentences were manually aligned by Dr. Benjamin Frey a proficient second-language speaker of Cherokee, who also fixed the errors introduced by OCR. This process is time-consuming and took several months.

Personal and Sensitive Information

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Considerations for Using the Data

Social Impact of Dataset

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Discussion of Biases

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Other Known Limitations

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Additional Information

Dataset Curators

The dataset was gathered and annotated by Shiyue Zhang, Benjamin Frey, and Mohit Bansal at UNC Chapel Hill.

Licensing Information

The copyright of the data belongs to original book/article authors or translators (hence, used for research purpose; and please contact Dr. Benjamin Frey for other copyright questions).

Citation Information

@inproceedings{zhang2020chren,
  title={ChrEn: Cherokee-English Machine Translation for Endangered Language Revitalization},
  author={Zhang, Shiyue and Frey, Benjamin and Bansal, Mohit},
  booktitle={EMNLP2020},
  year={2020}
}

Contributions

Thanks to @yjernite, @lhoestq for adding this dataset.

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