Paper: An Active Bilingual Lexicon For Machine Translation

ACL ID C88-1042
Title An Active Bilingual Lexicon For Machine Translation
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

An approach to tile Transfer phase of a Machine Translation system is presented, where the bilingual lexicon plays an active role, guiding Transfer by means of executable descriptions of word senses. The means for lexical sense specification are, however, general enough and can in principle apply to other system arthitectures, e.g. in tile Generation phase if Transfer is intentionally kept minimal. The active lexicon is the one and only systea~ component which is exposed to users and can serve to linguistically control Transfer effects. A unified approach to lexicon creation and maintenance is proposed, which contains means to gradually refine sense specification and tailor the definitions to specific text domains. The under- lying linguistic principles, the nature of sense distinction req...