Paper: Machine Translation Using Isomorphic UCGs

ACL ID C88-1007
Title Machine Translation Using Isomorphic UCGs
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

This paper discusses the application of Unification Categorial Grammar (UCG) to the framework of Isomorphic Grammars for Machine Translation pioneered by Landsbergen. The Isomorphic Grammars approach to MT involves developing the grammars of the Source and Target languages in parallel, in order to ensure that SL and TL expressions which stand in the translation rela- tion have isomorphic derivations. The principle advantage of this approach is that knowledge concerning translation equivalence of expressions may be directly exploited, obviating the need for an- swers to semantic questions that we do not yet have. Semantic and other information may still be incorporated, but as constraints on the translation relation, not as levels of textual representation. After introducing this approach t...