[LINK] Natural Language Generation for AFL Reports in Aboriginal Languages, 4pm ANU Today

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Feb 13 09:45:46 AEDT 2012

Mark Dras, Department of Computing, Macquarie University will speak on 
"Arrernte Footy: A Computational Grammar and Natural Language Generation 
System for Arrernte" at the Australian National University School of 
Language Studies in Canberra, 4pm, today. He will discuss the analysis 
of reports of AFL football matches in the language of the Arrernte 
people of Mparntwe (Alice Springs): 

ANU School of Language Studies

Monday 13 February SEMINAR 4 pm
Baldessin Building, Room W 3.03: http://lostoncampus.com.au/16342
Map: http://lostoncampus.com.au/16342/map

Mark Dras, Department of Computing, Macquarie University

Title: A Computational Grammar and Natural Language Generation System 
for Arrernte


Natural Language Generation (NLG) systems have as their goal the 
generation of human-like text from some underlying representation, often 
numerical or other data from a database. We are currently developing an 
NLG system to generate texts in both English and Arrernte about 
Australian Rules football games, of the sort found in newspapers after a 
game has been played (e.g. "GEELONG has claimed the club's ninth 
premiership and marked itself as one of the greatest sides of all time 
with a stunning 38-point Grand Final win against Collingwood...."). The 
final stage of this system is a realisation component that is built 
around Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) and its XLE environment for 
grammar development: this takes a description of the functional 
structure of a sentence, and uses a computational grammar to make 
appropriate lexical and syntactic choices to produce the actual 
sentence. A large-scale grammar of English has already been developed by 
the international ParGram project, which we will be using; we are now 
building a computational grammar of Arrernte, based on existing 
linguistic descriptions of the language.

In the talk I will give an overview of this system, with a focus on the 
computational grammar of Arrernte, in particular how we've implemented 
in the LFG formalism a number of constructions that have been discussed 
in the literature, such as complex predicates like associated motion.

Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
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