A Study of Style in Machine Translation: Controlling the Formality of Machine Translation Output

Xing Niu, Marianna Martindale, Marine Carpuat


Abstract
Stylistic variations of language, such as formality, carry speakers’ intention beyond literal meaning and should be conveyed adequately in translation. We propose to use lexical formality models to control the formality level of machine translation output. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach in empirical evaluations, as measured by automatic metrics and human assessments.
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D17-1299
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Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
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September
Year:
2017
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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EMNLP
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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2814–2819
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/D17-1299
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10.18653/v1/D17-1299
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