Title Automatic Sentence Simplification for Subtitling in Dutch and English
Author(s) Walter Daelemans, Anja Höthker, Erik Tjong Kim Sang

CNTS - University of Antwerp

Session O29-EMSW
Abstract We describe ongoing work on sentence summarization in the European MUSA project and the Flemish ATraNoS project. Both projects aim at automatic generation of TV subtitles for hearing-impaired people. This involves speech recognition, a topic which is not covered in this paper, and summarizing sentences in such a way that they fit in the available space for subtitles. The target language is equal to the source language: Dutch in ATraNoS and English in MUSA. A separate part of MUSA deals with translating the English subtitles to French and Greek. We compare two methods for monolingual sentence length reduction: one based on learning sentence reduction from a parallel corpus and one based on hand-crafted deletion rules.
Keyword(s) Sentence simplification, summarization
Language(s) English, Dutch
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