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Unexpected pitfalls in the disambiguation of some expressions

Some unexpected pitfalls are lurking in the process of disambiguation of some expressions or locutions. In the above example, the French locution ‘en train de’ can be translated : either into in trenu da (by train from) or into in … Continue reading

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Chemistry: translating acid names

Translating this series of acid names is not as easy as it could seem at first glance. In effect, each acid name is composed of three consecutive ambiguous names: ‘l’ is ambiguous between the masculine (u, the) or feminine (a, … Continue reading

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Another case of firstname ambiguity: ‘Noël’

Translation of the French word ‘Noël’ yields another case of ambiguity. For ‘Noël’ can translate: either into Natali (Christmas, Christmas Day): the annual festival commemorating Jesus Christ’s birth or into, identically, Natali (‘Noel‘): the firstname Now it seems there is no case of … Continue reading

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Interesting case of first name disambiguation

Here is an interesting case of first name disambiguation for machine translation. Consider the following first name ‘Camille’. It can apply to both genders. In Corsican (taravese or sartinese variants) it translates either into Cameddu (masculine) or Camedda (feminine). In … Continue reading

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Word-sense disambiguation: first test of new engine

Now testing the new engine with the semantically ambiguous French ‘échecs’ = fiaschi/scacchi (failures/chess). What is interesting here is that semantic disambiguation transfers successfully into English (although the French/English engine is still in its infancy as there are still a … Continue reading

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Feigenbaum test and semantic disambiguation

Now it is patent that there cannot be successful  Feigenbaum test (i.e. not only occasional Feigenbaum hits, but regular and average performance) without an adequate treatment of semantic disambiguation. Arguably, it is one hard problem of machine translation. Here are some … Continue reading

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French ‘fin’ followed by a year number: fixed

Tagger improvement: fixed this issue. French ‘l’Empire allemand’ now translates properly into l’Imperu alimanu (the German Empire). French word ‘fin’ is now identified as a preposition when followed by a year number. The above excerpt is translated into the ‘sartinesu’ … Continue reading

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Translation of preposition ‘à’ followed by noun phrase denoting a location

‘au stade de Wembley’ (at the Wembley Stadium) should translate in u stadiu di Wembley. We face the issue of the translation of preposition ‘à’ since ‘au’ is short for ‘à le’ (to the), in particular when ‘à’ is followed … Continue reading

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