Paper: Finding Translation Equivalents: An Application Of Grammatical Metaphor

ACL ID C90-2003
Title Finding Translation Equivalents: An Application Of Grammatical Metaphor
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990
Authors

In this paper I describe how a significant class of cases that would involve (possibly complex) structural trans- fer in nmchine translation can be handled avoiding trans- fer. This is achieved by applying a semantic organization developed for monolingual text generation that is suffi- ciently abstract to remain invariant, within theoretically specifiable limits, across different languages. The further application of a mechanism motivated from within mono- lingual text generation, 'grammatical metaphor', then allows candidate appropriate translations to be isolated. The incorporation of these essentially monolingual mech- anisms within the machine translation process promises to significantly improve translational capabilities; exam- ples of this are presented for English and German.