Paper: Anchoring Floating Quantifiers in Japanese-to-English Machine Translation

ACL ID P98-1023
Title Anchoring Floating Quantifiers in Japanese-to-English Machine Translation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998
Authors

In this paper we present an algorithm to an- chor floating quantifiers in Japanese, a language in which quantificational nouns and numeral- classifier combinations can appear separated from the noun phrase they quantify. The algo- rithm differentiates degree and event modifiers from nouns that quantify noun phrases. It then finds a suitable anchor for such floating quan- tifiers. To do this, the algorithm considers the part of speech of the quantifier and the target, the semantic relation between them, the case marker of the antecedent and the meaning of the verb that governs the two constituents. The al- gorithm has been implemented and tested in a rule-based Japanese-to-English machine trans- lation system, with an accuracy of 76% and a recall of 97%.