4th Workshop on Multi-word Units in Machine Translation and Translation Technology

Country: Spain

City: Malaga

Abstr. due: 31.05.2019

Dates: 27.09.19 — 27.09.19

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

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Organizing comittee e-mail: mumttt2019@gmail.com

Organizers: University of Malaga and partners


Following the success of the three previous editions of the workshop on Multi-word Units in Machine Translation and Translation Technology (MUMTTT) we are announcing the fourth edition to be held in conjunction with the International Conference “Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology’ (Europhras’2019)” which is jointly organised by the European Association for Phraseology EUROPHRAS, the University of Malaga (Research Group in Lexicography and Translation), the University of Wolverhampton (Research Group in Computational Linguistics) and the Association for Computational Linguistics – Bulgaria. 

The MUMTTT workshop will be held on the last day of the Europhras’2019 conference, namely on 27th September 2019. It will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in the fields of (Computational) Linguistics, (Computational) Phraseology, Translation Studies and Translation Technology to discuss recent advances in the area of multi-word unit processing and to coordinate research efforts across disciplines in order to improve the integration of multi-word units in machine translation and translation technology tools. 
Multi-word units are word combinations which range from compounds such as ‘credit card’ to idiomatic expressions such as “’it is raining cats and dogs’ and are acknowledged as one of the major challenges in natural language processing (NLP), because of their lexical, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and/or statistical idiosyncracies. 

In spite of the relative progress achieved in translation technology with the adoption of neural approaches and in the processing for particular types of units such as verb-particle constructions, the identification, interpretation and translation of multi-word units in general still represent open challenges, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view. The idiosyncratic morpho-syntactic, semantic and translational properties of multi-word units pose many obstacles even to human translators, mainly because of intrinsic ambiguities, structural and lexical asymmetries between languages, and, finally, cultural differences. 

In recent years, growing attention has been paid to integrating multi-word units (MWUs) in machine translation and translation technology tools, as it has been acknowledged that it is not possible to create large scale language solutions without properly handling MWUs of all types. As a matter of fact, researchers are now addressing the problems posed by MWU processing and translation using different formalisms and techniques, such as automatic recognition of MWUs in a monolingual or bilingual setting; alignment and paraphrasing techniques; development and use of (handcrafted) monolingual and bilingual language resources; creation of annotated monolingual and parallel corpora, development of strategies for handling syntactically flexible units in language analysis and translation modules, development of evaluation projects. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working on MWU processing from various perspectives, in order to enable cross-fertilisation and foster the creation of innovative solutions that can only arise from interdisciplinary collaborations. In particular, the workshop welcomes interactions between NLP researchers working on the computational treatment of multi-word units, experts in (computational) phraseology working on challenging topics of their discipline, as well as translation practitioners, to the benefit of applying their latest results to advance the state of the art in MWU processing.

Topics of Interest: 

The MUMTTT 2019 workshop invites the submission of papers reporting on original and unpublished research on topics related to MWU processing in machine translation and translation technology, including: 

Lexical, syntactic, semantic and translational aspects in MWU representation 
Theoretical approaches to MWUs (e.g., collostructional analysis of MWU, cognitive approaches to processing MWUs, etc.) 
Development of multilingual MWU resources 
Identification and acquisition of MWUs and variants 
Learning semantic information about MWUs from monolingual, parallel or comparable corpora 
Development and use of MWU resources in machine translation and translation technology 
Development of corpora for the extraction and translation of MWUs 
Compilation of resources for the extraction and translation of multiword units 
Creation of MWU-annotated corpora with a focus on translation aspects 
Paraphrasing of MWUs applied to the improvement of machine translation 
MWUs and word alignment techniques 
MWUs in machine translation 
MUWs in translation memory systems 
MUWs in term extraction 
MWU-centred machine translation evaluation 
Evaluation of MWU translation 
MWUs in CAT tools 
Multilingualism and MWU processing 
Psycholinguistic studies of MWU processing in a bilingual setting. 

Conference Web-Site: http://www.lexytrad.es/europhras2019/mumttt-2019-2/