The main objectives of the project are to study linguistic registers per se, and to develop methods for automatic transformation of linguistic registers across texts, i.e., translating a text from a register to another. This work will rely on the extraction of register-specific linguistic patterns and their integration in an automatic paraphrase generation process. These objectives are enabled by the strong and complementary skills of the consortium members.
The project is driven from a perspective of exploratory research where the goal is the production of fundamental knowledge for style-specific pattern extraction and automatic natural language generation. Linguistic registers are a well-suited case study to achieve this long term objective.
Linguistic registers are known to have a strong influence on the expressivity conveyed by utterances. However, their study in natural language processing (NLP) is still marginal. To compensate for this deficiency, the TREMoLo project focuses on their analysis and automatic manipulation, with a particular attention on French. Beside its originality, this research work will be complementary with the wide-spread activities in textual information extraction in NLP.
The project is part of the growing interest towards stylistics in NLP, domain for which the number of potential applications increases. For instance, stylistics can take part in authorship authentication, access to information, human-machine dialogue or interaction, and language learning. Societal consequences of the project are thus naturally in these domains by opening possibilities for automatic text modulation according to a specific goal or audience. Scientific advances mainly stand in the joint use of data mining and statistical NLP approaches, along with the discovery of new linguistic and sociolinguistic findings. All these aspects provide a high industrial valorisation potential to the project.