Concept Based Lexical Selection

Bonnie J. Dorr and Clare R. Voss and Eric Peterson and Michael Kiker

We present a concept-based approach to the problem of lexical selection which allows us to deal precisely with lexicalization gaps or mismatches in mapping from a source language into a target language. We adopt a linguistically motivated scheme that makes use of a decompositional representation which can be classified in terms of a KR ontology. A main contribution of our representation scheme is the ability to handle cases where two concepts overlap, but neither subsumes the other. We have demonstrated the utility of our approach for mismatched verbs in English and German.

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