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House Taken Over: Displacing the Machines

In this post, “House Taken Over” is not in reference to the famous story by the renowned writer and translator Julio Cortázar. Rather, it refers to the feeling experienced by human translators in the age of machines. Just as the characters in Cortázar’s story feel displaced by an invading entity, human translators feel displaced by […]

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What Is a Controlled Natural Language?

Translators frequently have to confront issues that are often the result of problems existing in the source text we are translating. Some of the most common of such errors include omissions, the use of structures that are difficult to understand, and even the use of abbreviations only known by the person who wrote the original […]

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Evaluating SymEval

SymEval is a tool written in Python for measuring the effort invested in the Post-Editing (PE) process. It reports the edit distance between segments in two different translations using the Levenshtein algorithm. To test SymEval we first prepared four TMX files. The first one had the source and the result of translating it with an […]

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Linguistic Pre-edition

Pre-edition, as we have seen in other posts, may include several procedures: a text can be pre-edited both from the point of view of the format as well as the text itself and any of its typographical errors. The handling of the format in all its forms: tables, images, text boxes, tables of contents, headers […]

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The History of Machine Translation

In recent years, machine translation has become a commonplace element in translation agencies. A good post-editing of a machine translation can produce the same results as a conventional translation and editing. However, not everyone knows this procedure, especially translators and editors. Although post-editing is a process that is already well known and frequently used in […]

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Machine Translation

A delightful example illustrates well one of the earliest myths about the problems that may arise when trying to translate text using a computer. The biblical sentence “The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak” was translated into Russian by a machine, and then back into English. The result was “The vodka is good, but […]

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Industrial Translations and MT

If you have had a chance to read my previous post “Hand-crafted or Industrial… Really a Dilemma?“, then you are familiar with my opinion on the coexistence of both types of translations. It is time now to discuss the thorny issue of machine translations (MT) and post-editing. In my opinion this version is more suitable […]

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