AN APPROACH TO SENTENCE-LEVEL ANAPHORA IN MACHINE TRANSLATION
Gertjan van Noord, Joke Dorrepaal, Doug Arnold Steven Krauwer, Louisa Sadler, Louis des Tombe
Foundation of Language Technology State University of Utrecht Trans 10 3512 JK Utrecht
Dept of Language and Linguistics University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, C04 3SQ, UK.
Theoretical research in the area of machine translation usually involves
the search for and creation of an appropriate formalism. An important issue in
this respect is the way in which the compositionality of translation is to be
In this paper, we will introduce the anaphoric component of the Mimo formalism.
It makes the definition and translation of anaphoric relations
possible, relations which are
usually problematic for systems that adhere to strict compositionality.
In Mimo, the translation of anaphoric relations is compositional.
The anaphoric component is used to define linguistic phenomena such as
wh-movement, the passive and the binding of reflexives and pronouns
monolingually. The actual working of the component will be shown in this
paper by means of a detailed discussion of wh-movement.