Normalizing English for interlingua

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Hurskainen , A 2018 , Normalizing English for interlingua . in SALAMA - Swahili Language Manager : Technical reports on LT . Technical reports on language technology , no. 25 , SALAMA - Swahili Language Manager , Helsinki .

Title: Normalizing English for interlingua
Author: Hurskainen, Arvi
Contributor organization: Department of Languages
Publisher: SALAMA - Swahili Language Manager
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: SALAMA - Swahili Language Manager
Belongs to series: Technical reports on language technology
ISSN: 2670-1391
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311048
Abstract: The report demonstrates how English can be normalized to make it more suitable as interlingua in machine translation. Typical to modern English is to omit such critical features as relative pronouns and conjunctions in subordinate clauses. This causes a lot of unnecessary ambiguity, which is difficult to resolve. When English is used as interlingua, such features may be inherited from source language, spelled out in English translation, and then transferred to target language, where they may be necessary to make translation acceptable. Swahili and Finnish require, that such features are overtly spelled out in the language, and they should not be lost in interlingua. The paper uses examples of news test from WMT challenge 2017.
Subject: 6121 Languages
113 Computer and information sciences
Peer reviewed: No
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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