Some Limits on Translation Quality

  • Bernard Scott
Part of the Machine Translation: Technologies and Applications book series (MATRA, volume 2)


This Chapter examines the extent to which machine translation output is constrained by the structure of source language sentences, i.e., whether MT can enjoy the freedom of the human translator to produce translations that depart in significant ways from the structure of a source sentence. We focus in particular on the issue of clause shifts in the target translation of a source sentence. We describe experiments with Logos Model that both succeeded and failed in this effort to escape from this structure-preserving tendency in MT.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Scott
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  1. 1.Tarpon SpringsUSA

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