Paper: Lexical Transfer Based On Bilingual Signs: Towards Interaction During Transfer

ACL ID E91-1048
Title Lexical Transfer Based On Bilingual Signs: Towards Interaction During Transfer
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991
Authors

The lexical transfer phase is the most crucial step in MT because most of difficult problems are caused by lexical differences between two languages. In order to treat lexical issues systemati- cally in transfer-based MT systems, we introduce the concept of bilingual-sings which are defined by pairs of equivalent monolingual signs. The bil- ingual signs not only relate the local linguistic structures of two languages but also play a central role in connecting the linguistic processes of transla- tion with knowledge based inferences. We also show that they can be effectively used to formulate appropriate questions for disambiguating "transfer ambiguities", which is crucial in interactive MT sys- tems.