Paper: Syntactic Transfer Using a Bilingual Lexicon

ACL ID D12-1001
Title Syntactic Transfer Using a Bilingual Lexicon
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2012

We consider the problem of using a bilingual dictionary to transfer lexico-syntactic infor- mation from a resource-rich source language to a resource-poor target language. In con- trast to past work that used bitexts to trans- fer analyses of specific sentences at the token level, we instead use features to transfer the behavior of words at a type level. In a dis- criminative dependency parsing framework, our approach produces gains across a range of target languages, using two different low- resource training methodologies (one weakly supervised and one indirectly supervised) and two different dictionary sources (one manu- ally constructed and one automatically con- structed).