Paper: Resumptive Pronoun Detection for Modern Standard Arabic to English MT

ACL ID W14-1008
Title Resumptive Pronoun Detection for Modern Standard Arabic to English MT
Venue Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation
Session
Year 2014
Authors

Many languages, including Modern Stan- dard Arabic (MSA), insert resumptive pro- nouns in relative clauses, whereas many others, such as English, do not, using empty categories instead. This discrep- ancy is a source of difficulty when trans- lating between these languages because there are words in one language that cor- respond to empty categories in the other, and these words must either be inserted or deleted?depending on translation di- rection. In this paper, we first examine challenges presented by resumptive pro- nouns in MSA-English translations and re- view resumptive pronoun translations gen- erated by a popular online MSA-English MT engine. We then present what is, to the best of our knowledge, the first system for automatic identification of resumptive pronouns. The system ach...