Paper: Resolving Translation Mismatches With Information Flow

ACL ID P91-1025
Title Resolving Translation Mismatches With Information Flow
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991

Languages differ in the concepts and real-world en- tities for which they have words and grammatical constructs. Therefore translation must sometimes be a matter of approximating the meaning of a source language text rather than finding an exact counterpart in the target language. We propose a translation framework based on Situation Theory. The basic ingredients are an information lattice, a representation scheme for utterances embedded in contexts, and a mismatch resolution scheme defined in terms of information flow. We motivate our ap- proach with examples of translation between En- glish and Japanese.