Paper: Generating Case Markers in Machine Translation

ACL ID N07-1007
Title Generating Case Markers in Machine Translation
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2007

We study the use of rich syntax-based statistical models for generating gram- matical case for the purpose of machine translation from a language which does not indicate case explicitly (English) to a language with a rich system of surface case markers (Japanese). We propose an extension of n-best re-ranking as a method of integrating such models into a statistical MT system and show that this method substantially outperforms stan- dard n-best re-ranking. Our best perform- ing model achieves a statistically signifi- cant improvement over the baseline MT system according to the BLEU metric. Human evaluation also confirms the re- sults.