Paper: Situation Semantics And Machine Translation

ACL ID E89-1041
Title Situation Semantics And Machine Translation
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989
  • C. J. Rupp (University of Manchester, Manchester UK)

The purpose of this paper is demonstrate that the enriched theoretical vocabulary of Situation Semantics offers a more intuitive characterisation of the translation process, than was.possible using more traditional semanuc theories. This demonstration will take the form of a formalisation of the most commonly used method for MT in terms of Situation Semantic constructs. In this respect this paper follows on from a previous paper (Johnson, Rosner & Rupp 1988), in which MT was presented as a testing ground for semantic representation languages. This paper will turn the issue around and consider what the theory of Situation Semantics has to offer to an MT application. The abstract description of the MT system to be considered will therefore remain the same. The paper consists of a basic intro...