Paper: Solving Thematic Divergences In Machine Translation

ACL ID P90-1017
Title Solving Thematic Divergences In Machine Translation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990

Though most translation systems have some mechanism for translating certain types of divergent predicate-argument structures, they do not provide a genera] procedure that takes advantage of the relationship between lexical-semantic struc- ture and syntactic structure. A divergent predicate-argument structure is one in which the predicate (e.g. , the main verb) or its arguments (e.g. , the subject and object) do not have the same syntactic ordering properties for both the source and target language. To account for such ordering differ- ences, a machine translator must consider language-specific syntactic idiosyncrasies that distinguish a target language ¢rom a source language, while making use of lexical-semantic uniformities that tie the two languages together. This pa- per describes the ...