Multilingual generation of controlled languages

Power, Richard; Scott, Donia and Hartley, Anthony (2003). Multilingual generation of controlled languages. In: Joint Conference of the 7th International Workshop of the European Association for Machine Translation and the 4th Controlled Language Applications Workshop, 15-17 May 2003, Dublin.



We describe techniques based on natural language generation which allow a user to author a document in controlled language for multiple natural languages. The author is expected to be an expert in the application domain but not in the controlled language or in more than one of the supported natural languages. Because the system can produce multiple expressions of the same input in multiple languages, the author can choose among alternative expressions satisfying the constraints of the controlled language. Because the system offers only legitimate choices of wording, correction is unnecessary. Consequently, acceptance of error reports and corrections by trained authors are non-issues.

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