Asymmetric Hybrid Machine Translation for Languages with Scarce Resources

  • Algirdas Laukaitis
  • Olegas Vasilecas
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4394)


Half of the world speaks languages that are out of the machine translation and natural language processing technologies mainstream. Then the choice of natural language technology for a given language pair is greatly impacted by technology and resources available. In this paper we describe a hybrid architecture and technology for rapid development of the machine translation system from English to low-density languages. We use state of the art English language processing technologies and resources to transform (compress) the language into the more abstract form. The abstraction level of the transformation is adapted to our knowledge of the low-density (foreign) language. Then statistical machine translation is used to induce translation rules. All tests and implementations have been done on the English – Lithuanian language pair. Some of the findings of the research can be useful for all, novel and old machine translation language pairs.


Hybrid machine translation natural language processing  ontology rapid development low-density languages 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Algirdas Laukaitis
    • 1
  • Olegas Vasilecas
    • 1
  1. 1.Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Saulëtekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius-40Lithuania

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