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Linda Wiechetek, Francis M. Tyers, and Thomas Omma: Shooting at Flies in the Dark: Rule-Based Lexical Selection for a Minority Language Pair


Adding a lexical selection module to a ruled based MT system for translation from North Sami to Lule Sami.


Many real-world examples from discussed languages make the understanding of the paper easier. -MK-



  1. Where does the semantic information come from? Is it from manual annotation?
  2. Assimilation vs. dissemination. Does it make a difference when we design an MT system?
    In a statistical system probably not. In a rule based system, there may be an effort to make the errors predictable and the output easily post-editable when our aim is dissemination.
  3. What is the difference between a minority language and an underresourced language?
    We guess that a minority language is a language with a small number of users. There are underresourced languages which can be considered major, like Indonesian.

Assimilation & dissemination criteria can be used for evaluating the performance of the resulting system. -MK-

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