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The book provides a systematic, foundational introduction to automatic alignment of parallel texts
It surveys a wide variety of fundamental alignment techniques including: IBM and HMM alignment models, techniques for aligning comparable corpora and learning of phrasal bilexicons, more recent alignment techniques such as greedy/competitive approaches and LTG models
Useful for both practitioners and researchers in machine translation, natural language processing, bilingual lexicography, and computer assisted language learners
This book provides a systematic, foundational introduction to automatic alignment of parallel texts, a family of essential corpus analysis techniques for computing and learning the mappings between corresponding parts of the texts. Bitext alignment lies at the heart of all data-driven machine learning approaches to automatic translation, and the rapid research progress on alignment during the past two decades underlies the success of statistical machine translation approaches. Alignment is used across a wide range of resource acquisition applications including word sense disambiguation, terminology extraction, and grammar induction, as well as in translation memories and biconcordances for translators' assistants, bilingual lexicographers, and computer assisted language learners.
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »bilingual lexicography - computer assisted language learning - grammar induction - machine learning - statistical machine translation - terminology extraction - word sense disambiguation