Earley-based structural transfer for Apertium

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Perhaps Earley's algorithm to parse context-free grammars (which has a left-to-right longest-match philosophy as Apertium) could be used to perform more complex syntactical transformations; this could be useful for distant language pairs containing embedded structures.

[edit] Open questions

  • Currently, Apertium uses text streams to communicate. I assume this would not be possible here.
  • When would one call the bilingual dictionary? Apertium Level 2 calls it in the first stage.
  • We should check whether this has been done before.
The English → Urdu translation system linked here seems to use LFG and Earley-based parsing.
  • In case there is more than one parse of a sentence, there should be a way to select the most likely.

[edit] Existing parsers

Main article: Parsers

Current free-software parsers which might be worth looking at:

[edit] Further reading

This paper proposes the use of "pattern-based" context-free grammars as a basis for building machine translation (MT) systems.
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