Analyzing Semantic Change in Japanese Loanwords

Hiroya Takamura, Ryo Nagata, Yoshifumi Kawasaki
2017 Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Volume 1, Long Papers  
We analyze semantic changes in loanwords from English that are used in Japanese (Japanese loanwords). Specifically, we create word embeddings of English and Japanese and map the Japanese embeddings into the English space so that we can calculate the similarity of each Japanese word and each English word. We then attempt to find loanwords that are semantically different from their original, see if known meaning changes are correctly captured, and show the possibility of using our methodology in language education.
doi:10.18653/v1/e17-1112 dblp:conf/eacl/NagataTK17 fatcat:56bwibhzz5fv5lxjevm3ybkkqq