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Issues in Generating from Interlingua Representations

Stephan Busemann
In: Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on UNL, other Interlinguas and their Applications. Workshop on UNL, other Interlinguas and their Applications, Pages 1-7, 2002.


Multi-lingual generation starts from non-linguistic content representations for generating texts in different languages that are equivalent in meaning. In contrast, cross-lingual generation is based on a language-neutral content representation which is the result of a linguistic analysis process. Non-linguistic representations do not reflect the structure of the text. Quite differently, language-neutral representations express functor-argument relationships and other semantic properties found by the underlying analysis process. These differences imply diverse generation tasks. In this contribution, we relate multi-lingual to cross-lingual generation and discuss emergent problems for the definition of an interlingua.