EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Semi-Automatic Grammar Induction for Bi-directional English-Chinese Machine Translation

K. C. Siu, Helen M. Meng

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

We have previously designed a methodology for semi-automatic grammar induction from un-annotated corpora belonging to a restricted domain. The induced grammar contains both semantic and syntactic structures, and experiments with the Air Travel Information Service (ATIS-3) corpus demonstrated the viability of our approach [1] for natural language understanding. This work explores the portability of our grammar induction approach to Chinese, based on a corpus of translated ATIS-3 queries. To assess grammar quality, we developed a framework bi-directional English-Chinese example-based machine translation using the induced grammars. Our translation framework can handle word order differences between the language pair during translation. Translations based on the ATIS-3 test sets showed a high percentage (76% to 91%) of user-accepted translations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Siu, K. C. / Meng, Helen M. (2001): "Semi-automatic grammar induction for bi-directional English-Chinese machine translation", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 2749-2752.