Paper: Metonymy: Reassessment Survey Of Acceptability And Its Treatment In A Machine Translation System

ACL ID P92-1047
Title Metonymy: Reassessment Survey Of Acceptability And Its Treatment In A Machine Translation System
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1992
Authors

In this article we outline a basic approach to treating metonymy properly in a multil- ingual machine translation system. This is the first attempt at treating metonymy in an machine translation environment. The approach is guided by the differences of acceptability of metonymy which were obtained by our comparative survey among three languages, English, Chinese, and Japanese. The characteristics of the approach are as follows: (1) Influences of the context, individuals, and familiality with metonymy are not used. (2) An actual acceptability of each meto- nymic expression is not realized directly. (3) Grouping metonymic examples into patterns is determined by the accepta- bility judgement of the speakers sur- veyed as well as the analysts' intui- tion. (4) The analysis and generation com- ...