Last week, I had my thesis proposal. I proposed, basically, that for doing machine translation into lower-resourced languages we're going to want better cross-lingual word sense disambiguation to help our MT systems make better word choices. And I outlined some methods that we might use to get that goal. I'm going to develop these approaches in the context of a few different kinds of MT systems, particularly focusing on translating from Spanish to Guarani. So I guess now all I have to do for the rest of the PhD is this project.
If you're curious, I'm writing my dissertation in public, on github: http://github.com/alexrudnick/dissertation
Let's do this.