Re: Computerized translation into conlang?
|From:||Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 1, 2008, 17:46|
--- On Mon, 12/1/08, David Vercauteren <njenfalgar@...> wrote:
> From: David Vercauteren <njenfalgar@...>...
> Most probably writing a sufficiently good program would
> take infinitely more
> time that translating it all by hand. Now and then my
> colleagues at work
> send mails, with translations in English (for our
> colleagues) using computer translation. We always have a
> good laugh. That's
> probably most benefit one gets from machine translation
> nowadays... :-)
Machine translation seems to be one of those areas where, when first approached, it
looks like it would not be terribly difficult. Then, a little deeper into the
project you suddenly hit an impenetrable brick wall, and any further progress
seems impossibly difficult.
"When one initially examines some area of the syntax of a natural language, it often
seems to manifest what can only be called descriptive chaos." --Paul M. Postal
in "Edge-Based Model-Theoretic Syntax".