The history and promise of machine translation

Lane Schwartz

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This work examines the history of machine translation (MT), from its intellectual roots in the 17th century search for universal language through its practical realization in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. We survey the major MT paradigms, including transfer-based, interlingua, and statistical approaches. We examine the current state of human-machine partnership in translation, and consider the substantial, yet largely unfulfilled, promise that MT technology has for human translation professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Translators Association Scholarly Monograph Series
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages30
StatePublished - 2018


  • Computer-aided translation
  • Corpus-based
  • History of MT
  • Human-machine
  • Interlingua
  • MT paradigms
  • Machine translation
  • Phrase-based
  • Post-editing
  • Rule-based
  • Statistical MT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Linguistics and Language


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