A Grammatical Analysis on Machine Translation Errors
Machine translation errors are classified into groups of three grammatical levels: clause errors, clause-complex errors and textual errors, with a purpose to unravel causes leading to these errors. As illustrated with examples, clause complex presents different grammatical features from clause and the structural differences between Chinese and English at clause-complex level are the fundamental source of machine translation errors. This research, from perspectives of translation from Chinese to English and translation from English to Chinese, categorized clause-complex level structural differences between English and Chinese. The effects of these differences on machine translation are also analyzed, while future improvement suggestions on machine translation technology are provided accordingly.
KeywordsError analysis Machine translation Clause complex Naming-telling structure
This research is sponsored by the grant of National Natural Science Foundation No. 61672175, the 2016 Key Project of the National Languages Committee (ZDI135-30), and the Science and Technology Development Project of Guangdong Province, China (2017A020220002).
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