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English-Spanish Bilingual Dictionary for a Machine Assisted Translation System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120326D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redondo, T: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A software environment is disclosed that solves the bilingual lexical component in a transfer-based Machine-Assisted Translation (MAT) System. This software environment comprises a data base (i.e. bilingual dictionary information) and a collection of programs which constitutes the interface system with the data base.

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English-Spanish Bilingual Dictionary for a Machine Assisted Translation
System

      A software environment is disclosed that solves the
bilingual lexical component in a transfer-based Machine-Assisted
Translation (MAT) System. This software environment comprises a data
base (i.e. bilingual dictionary information) and a collection of
programs which constitutes the interface system with the data base.

      For the MAT system the approach followed is transfer, which
divides the process into three separate phases: analysis of the
source language (English), transfer itself and generation of the
target language (Spanish). The transfer phase only takes into
consideration the purely bilingual, lexical and structural
operations. Lexical transfer makes the choice of the equivalent words
in each case, and structural transfer transforms the grammatical
English structures into the corresponding Spanish ones. The
dictionary formalism determines the translation of the words
depending on the different meanings they have in the source language.

      The formalism is based on the description of the entries by
means of minimal code units which have been called Primitives and on
a simple predefined syntax (control symbols), allowing a declarative
description of the word entries as data. The primitives are a
semi-descriptive way to express the information previously extracted
from Machine Readable Dictionaries. There are two types of
primitives: Decision Primitives, which discriminate between the
different meanings of the words; and Action Primitives, which
indicate the actions taking place once the translation of the word
has been selected....