Improving Word Alignment with Bridge Languages

@inproceedings{Kumar2007ImprovingWA,
  title={Improving Word Alignment with Bridge Languages},
  author={Shankar Kumar and Franz Josef Och and Wolfgang Macherey},
  booktitle={EMNLP-CoNLL},
  year={2007}
}
We describe an approach to improve Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) performance using multi-lingual, parallel, sentence-aligned corpora in several bridge languages. Our approach consists of a simple method for utilizing a bridge language to create a word alignment system and a procedure for combining word alignment systems from multiple bridge languages. The final translation is obtained by consensus decoding that combines hypotheses obtained using all bridge language word alignments. We… CONTINUE READING
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