Aligning Turkish and English parallel texts for statistical machine translation

Ilknur D. El-Kahlout, Kemal Oflazer

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Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary work on aligning Turkish and English parallel texts towards developing a statistical machine translation system for English and Turkish. To avoid the data sparseness problem and to uncover relations between sublexical components of words such as morphemes, we have converted our parallel texts to a morphemic representation and then used standard word alignment algorithms. Results from a mere 3K sentences of parallel English-Turkish texts show that we are able to link Turkish morphemes with English morphemes and function words quite successfully. We have also used the Turkish WordNet which is linked with the English WordNet, as a bootstrapping dictionary to constrain root word alignments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages616-625
Number of pages10
Volume3733 LNCS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event20th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, ISCIS 2005 - Istanbul
Duration: 26 Oct 200528 Oct 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3733 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other20th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, ISCIS 2005
CityIstanbul
Period26/10/0528/10/05

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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El-Kahlout, I. D., & Oflazer, K. (2005). Aligning Turkish and English parallel texts for statistical machine translation. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 3733 LNCS, pp. 616-625). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 3733 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/11569596_64