Cross-linguistic differences and similarities in image descriptions

C.W.J. van Miltenburg, Desmond Elliott, P.T.J.M. Vossen

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Automatic image description systems are commonly trained and evaluated on large image description datasets. Recently, researchers have started to collect such datasets for languages other than English. An unexplored question is how different these datasets are from English and, if there are any differences, what causes them to differ. This paper provides a cross-linguistic comparison of Dutch, English, and German image descriptions. We find that these descriptions are similar in many respects, but the familiarity of crowd workers with the subjects of the images has a noticeable influence on the specificity of the descriptions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Natural Language Generation
EditorsJose M. Alonso, Alberto Bugarín, Ehud Reiter
Place of PublicationSantiago de Compostela, Spain
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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