Paper: Using Semantic Authoring For Blissymbols Communication Boards

ACL ID N06-2027
Title Using Semantic Authoring For Blissymbols Communication Boards
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Short Paper
Year 2006
Authors

Natural language generation (NLG) refers to the process of producing text in a spo- ken language, starting from an internal knowledge representation structure. Aug- mentative and Alternative Communica- tion (AAC) deals with the development of devices and tools to enable basic con- versation for language-impaired people. We present an applied prototype of an AAC-NLG system generating written out- put in English and Hebrew from a se- quence of Bliss symbols. The system does not “translate” the symbols sequence, but instead, it dynamically changes the com- munication board as the choice of sym- bols proceeds according to the syntactic and semantic content of selected symbols, generating utterances in natural language through a process of semantic authoring.