Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research
at Columbia University

An Analysis of Root Word Similarity in Esperanto

TALK ※ 3:30pm-4:00pm, 22 Feb 2019 at Butler Studio 208b

Steve Eichblatt, a computational language analyst and esperantist, will present his research in Esperanto text analysis.

Abstract: The International Language Esperanto is highly regular. Esperanto words are constructed from unchangeable roots and affixes. This regularity enables a straightforward computational study of the similarity of root words based on the set of affixes which appear with them. Since root words map roughly to concepts, we confirm that that similar concepts tend to be modified in similar ways. It isn’t always easy to guess which concepts are similar, though, so there are some surprising results.