Paper: BiFrameNet: Bilingual Frame Semantics Resource Construction By Cross-Lingual Induction

ACL ID C04-1134
Title BiFrameNet: Bilingual Frame Semantics Resource Construction By Cross-Lingual Induction
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2004
Authors
  • Pascale Fung (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara Japan)
  • Benfeng Chen (University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay Hong Kong)

We present a novel automatic approach to constructing a bilingual semantic network—the BiFrameNet, to enhance statistical and transfer-based machine translation systems. BiFrameNet is a frame semantic representation, and contains semantic structure transfers between English and Chinese. The English FrameNet and the Chinese HowNet provide us with two different views of the semantic distribution of lexicon by linguists. We propose to induce the mapping between the English lexical entries in FrameNet to Chinese word senses in HowNet, furnishing a bilingual semantic lexicon which simulates the “concept lexicon” supposedly used by human translators, and which can thus be beneficial to machine translation systems. BiFrameNet also contains bilingual example sentences that have the same sema...