A Semi-Polymorphic Approach to the Interpretation of Adjectival Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective

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AuthorPierrette Bouillon, Evelyne Viegas
TitleA Semi-Polymorphic Approach to the Interpretation of Adjectival Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective
AbstractIn this paper, we investigate how the field of machine translation (MT) can benefit from a semi-polymorphic approach to characterize natural languages. The approach taken here is in contrast to the kind of word-sense enumeration found in dictionaries: we show that it is possible to minimize the problems entailed by mismatches in MT if we are first able to capture ambiguity among polysemous lexical items. Our goal is twofold: from a theoretical viewpoint, we can account for the creative power of word senses and explain the semantic relatedness of polysemous lexical items; from a practical point of view in MT, we can detect and treat ambiguity in the source language and then translate to the target language in a way which deals with this ambiguity. We illustrate our point with reference to the interpretation of adjectival constructions.
SessionPART 1 - Word meaning / lexical semantics
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@InProceedings{ELX94-007,
author = {Pierrette Bouillon, Evelyne Viegas},
title = {A Semi-Polymorphic Approach to the Interpretation of Adjectival Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective},
pages = {36-44},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 6th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1994},
month = {aug-sep},
date = {30-3},
address = {Amsterdam, the Netherlands},
editor = {Willy Martin, Willem Meijs, Margreet Moerland, Elsemiek ten Pas, Piet van Sterkenburg & Piek Vossen},
publisher = {Euralex},
isbn = {90-900-7537-2},
}
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