Example-based machine translation of the Basque language
Stroppa, Nicolas and Groves, Declan and Way, Andy and Sarasola, Kepa (2006) Example-based machine translation of the Basque language. In: AMTA 2006 - 7th Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas, 8-12 August 2006, Cambridge, MA, USA.
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Basque is both a minority and a highly inflected language with free order of sentence constituents. Machine Translation of Basque is thus both a real need and a test bed for MT techniques. In this paper, we present a modular Data-Driven MT system which includes different chunkers as well as chunk aligners which can deal with the free order of sentence constituents of Basque. We conducted Basque to English translation experiments, evaluated on a large corpus
(270, 000 sentence pairs). The experimental results show that our system significantly outperforms state-of-the-art
approaches according to several common automatic evaluation metrics.
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