Paper: Back Transliteration From Japanese To English Using Target English Context

ACL ID C04-1119
Title Back Transliteration From Japanese To English Using Target English Context
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2004
Authors

This paper proposes a method of automatic back transliteration of proper nouns, in which a Japanese transliterated-word is restored to the original English word. The English words are created from a sequence of letters; thus our method can create new English words that are not registered in dictionaries or English word lists. When a katakana character is con- verted into English letters, there are various candidates of alphabetic characters. To ensure adequate conversion, the proposed method uses a target English context to calculate the probability of an English character or string corresponding to a Japanese katakana charac- ter or string. We confirmed the effectiveness of using the target English context by an ex- periment of personal-name back translitera- tion.