Paper: Rapid Portability among Domains in an Interactive Spoken Language Translation System

ACL ID W08-1508
Title Rapid Portability among Domains in an Interactive Spoken Language Translation System
Venue Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
Session
Year 2008
Authors

Spoken Language Translation systems have usually been produced for such specific domains as health care or military use. Ideally, such systems would be easily portable to other domains in which translation is mission critical, such as emergency response or law enforcement. However, porting has in practice proven difficult. This paper will comment on the sources of this difficulty and briefly present an approach to rapid inter-domain portability. Three aspects will be discussed: (1) large general-purpose lexicons for automatic speech recognition and machine translation, made reliable and usable through interactive facilities for monitoring and correcting errors; (2) easily modifiable facilities for instant translation of frequent phrases; and (3) quickly modifiable custom ...