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GSoC 2019 proposal draft to improve four Turkic translation pairs.

Personal Information

Name: Oğuzhan Kuyrukçu


Phone number: +905414785653

ITC: oguz

Time zone: UTC+3

Why is it that you are interested in Apertium?

I'm a student of linguistics and I recently took up an interest in computational linguistics. I worked with Apertium last year on a Machine Translation project and had a great experience. I'd like to do that again.

Proposal: Bringing 4 language pairs up to release quality

Which of the published tasks are you interested in? What do you plan to do?

My plan is to adopt 4 unreleased language pairs, uig-tur, kyr-tur, tat-tur and uzb-tur. I'll be working to bring them up to release quality, which will involve writing and refining rules for transfer and lexical selection that will result in a valid text in the target language.

Why should google and apertium sponsor it?

Apertium hosts numerous MTs of Turkic languages but some of them haven't been worked to completion. By refining these pairs we'd be bringing in these MTs to Apertium repertoire and cover an important ground in Turkic computational linguistics.


A. B. Ercilasun, Türk Lehçeleri Grameri

A. F. Sjoberg, Uzbek Structural Grammar

J. Hebert and N. Poppe, Kirghiz Manual

N. Poppe, Tatar Manual

Rıdvan Öztürk, Yeni Uygur Türkçesi Grameri

E. N. Necip, Uyghurche-Turkche Lughet

R. Ehmetyanov et al, Türkçe-Tatarca Sözlük

Uyghur-English-Mandarin dictionary[1]

Pamukkale University's Turkish-Kyrgyz[2], Turkish-Tatar[3] and Turkish-Uzbek[4] dictionaries

Indiana University's Uzbek-English dictionary[5][6] for Turkish-Kyrgyz, Turkish-Uzbek and Turkish-Tatar translations

Work Plan

-Post-application period:

Studying the grammars of languages where necessary (Tatar and Kyrgyz). Tagging examplary sentences and writing rules.

-Community-bonding period:

Working on coverage. As of now all pairs have around 80% coverage. Starting annotation and rule writing.

-Month 1:

Writing scripts

Adding words to bidix, get coverage up from 80%


Transfer rules

Begin CG rules

-Month 2:

POS tagging/constraint grammar

Transfer rules

Get CG rules up to 100, ~50% disambiguation

>90% coverage

-Month 3:

Creation of an Annotated Corpus

Plan by Weeks

1. All pairs up to 80% coverage

2. Basic CG, 82% coverage

3. 83% coverage

4. Transfer, 84% coverage

5. 85% coverage

6. Transfer, lexical selection

7. CG, 86% coverage

8. Transfer, lexsel, 87% coverage

9. 88% coverage

10. CG, Transfer

11. Transfer, lexsel, 89% coverage

12. Transfer, lexsel

13. Preparing texts for annotation

14-16. Annotating the corpora, %90 coverage on each pair

Coding Challenge

I will tag 20 sentences for each language pair and write 5 ambiguity rules.


WER comparable to other inter-Turkic/Romance pairs. Implementation of ambiguous rules. Data for machine-learned disambiguation.

Summer Obligations and Commitments

I have no scheduled commitments.


I'm a 3rd year student of linguistics at Boğaziçi University. I've taken several compuational linguistics classes as part of my studies. I've already worked with Apertium last year on an MT project between Uyghur and Turkish, which I believe helped me improve my understanding of computational linguistics.