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Shared Task Proposal: Multilingual Surface Realization Using Universal Dependency Trees

Anya Belz
Emily Pitler
Leo Wanner
Simone Mille
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Natural Language Generation, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2017), pp. 120-123 (to appear)


We propose a shared task on multilingual Surface Realization, i.e., on mapping unordered and uninflected universal dependency trees to correctly ordered and inflected sentences in a number of languages. A second deeper input will be available in which, in addition, functional words, fine-grained PoS and morphological information will be removed from the input trees. The first shared task on Surface Realization was carried out in 2011 with a similar setup, with a focus on English. We think that it is time for relaunching such a shared task effort in view of the arrival of Universal Dependencies annotated treebanks for a large number of languages on the one hand, and the increasing dominance of Deep Learning, which proved to be a game changer for NLP, on the other hand.