Paper: A Compositional Approach To The Translation Of Temporal Expressions In The ROSETTA System

ACL ID C86-1074
Title A Compositional Approach To The Translation Of Temporal Expressions In The ROSETTA System
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors
  • Lisette Appelo (Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven The Netherlands)

This paper discusses the translation of temporal expressions, in the framework of the machine tansla- tion system Rosetta. The translation method of Rosetta, the "isomorphic grammar method', is based on Montague's Compositionality Principle. It is shown that a compositional approach leads to a transparent account of the complex aspects of time in natural language and can be used for the translation of temporal expressions. O.Introductlon It is a well~known fact that the translation of temporal expressions in natural languages is not a simple mapping of verbal tenses. In (I) the Dutch Simple Present Tense is used while in (2) a Present Perfect Progressive Tense is the most appropriate tense to represent the time meanin~ of (i) in English. A more literal translation of the Dutch Simple Prese...