Title

Machine Translation: Translators' Friend or Foe?

Author

Gloria Keller

Date of Award

6-1-2012

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Global Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Global Affairs

Advisor

Riccardo Schiaffino

Keywords

Machine Translation; MT; translator; translation; CAT tool; bilingual corpora; mistranslations; post-editing; Google Translate

Abstract

This paper discusses the impact of machine translation on the language industry, specifically addressing its effect on translators. It summarizes the history of the development of machine translation, explains the underlying theory that ties machine translation to its practical applications, and describes the different types of machine translation as well as other tools familiar to translators. There are arguments for and against its use, as well as evaluation methods for testing it. Internet and real-time communication are featured for their role in the increase of machine translation use. The potential that this technology has in the future of professional translation is examined. This paper shows that machine translation will continue to be increasingly used whether translators like it or not.

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