Paper: Mention Detection Crossing the Language Barrier

ACL ID D08-1063
Title Mention Detection Crossing the Language Barrier
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008

While significant effort has been put into an- notating linguistic resources for several lan- guages, there are still many left that have only small amounts of such resources. This paper investigates a method of propagat- ing information (specifically mention detec- tion information) into such low resource languages from richer ones. Experiments run on three language pairs (Arabic-English, Chinese-English, and Spanish-English) show that one can achieve relatively decent perfor- mance by propagating information from a lan- guage with richer resources such as English into a foreign language alone (no resources or models in the foreign language). Fur- thermore, while examining the performance using various degrees of linguistic informa- tion in a statistical framework, results show that propa...