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FLExTrans -- A Linguist-Friendly Machine Translation System for Low-Resource Languages

Low-resource languages have largely been left out of the machine translation revolution. Because of insufficient text data, the results of using statistical machine translation are subpar. FLExTrans is a transfer-based machine translation system that is easy to use for ordinary linguists.

It is linguist-friendly because a central component is the intuitive application Fieldworks Language Explorer. This application serves as the repository for lexicons, the place where entries are linked and the tool for the analysis piece of the analysis-transfer-synthesis-style system. Apertium, the well-established open-source machine translation platform, is used for the transfer piece of the system and STAMP for the synthesis piece. The linguist’s role is to link lexicon entries and write transfer rules to do either word or syntactic-level translation.

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FLExTrans Modules Ready to Run

Modules

Source Text Analyzed

SourceAnalyzed

Resulting Target Text After Translation

TargetResult

Link Senses between Languages with the Sense Linker Tool

SenseLinker

Troubleshoot Transfer Rules with the Live Rule Testing Tool

LiveRuleTester

Edit Transfer Rules with an XML Editor

TransferRules

Examine the Bilingual Lexicon

Bilingual

Make Custom Entries in the Bilingual Lexicon

Custom

Examine the Source and Target Texts

SourceTarget