Lay summary
This project is a continuation of our research on the development of a multilingual translation model. Based on (Chomskyan) generative grammar for its linguistic aspects and on an object-oriented design for its implementation, this model aims at drastically simplifying the task of adding language-pairs in a truly multilingual MT system.The proposed enhancements will concern primarily the treatment of complex collocations, the question of pronominal reference (intrasentential as well as intersentential). In addition, significant improvements will be brought to the crucial task of automatic creation of bilingual lexical databases by transitivity. Several language pairs will be added to the system, to cover all the possible pairs for 5 of the major European languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). The system will be evaluated as part of the WMT machine translation evaluation campaign.