Henny Sluyter-Gäthje


Shallow Discourse Parsing for Under-Resourced Languages: Combining Machine Translation and Annotation Projection
Henny Sluyter-Gäthje | Peter Bourgonje | Manfred Stede
Proceedings of the Twelfth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Shallow Discourse Parsing (SDP), the identification of coherence relations between text spans, relies on large amounts of training data, which so far exists only for English - any other language is in this respect an under-resourced one. For those languages where machine translation from English is available with reasonable quality, MT in conjunction with annotation projection can be an option for producing an SDP resource. In our study, we translate the English Penn Discourse TreeBank into German and experiment with various methods of annotation projection to arrive at the German counterpart of the PDTB. We describe the key characteristics of the corpus as well as some typical sources of errors encountered during its creation. Then we evaluate the GermanPDTB by training components for selected sub-tasks of discourse parsing on this silver data and compare performance to the same components when trained on the gold, original PDTB corpus.


FooTweets: A Bilingual Parallel Corpus of World Cup Tweets
Henny Sluyter-Gäthje | Pintu Lohar | Haithem Afli | Andy Way
Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)