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ERIC Number: EJ832278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1041-679X
Quantifying the Efficiency of a Translator: The Effect of Syntactical and Literal Written Translations on Language Comprehension Using the Machine Translation System FALCon (Foreign Area Language Converter)
McCulloh, Ian A.; Morton, Jillian; Jantzi, Jennifer K.; Rodriguez, Amy M.; Graham, John
Applied Language Learning, v18 n1-2 p17?25 2008
The purpose of this study is to introduce a new method of evaluating human comprehension in the context of machine translation using a language translation program known as the FALCon (Forward Area Language Converter). The FALCon works by converting documents into digital images via scanner, and then converting those images to electronic text by use of the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) (ARL, 2004). Foreign text is then converted to English using the Machine Translator (MT). In all, the FALCon can negotiate 61 languages, though some languages do not have OCR capacity and the quality of translation varies between languages. Semitic languages such as Arabic, tend to be the most challenging for machine language translators. The participants for this experiment included 48 freshmen from the United States Military Academy enrolled in the General Psychology course, PL100. The results of this study have brought a few key points for consideration in Arabic machine translation. First, human understanding is not a factor to be ignored in gauging the usefulness of such translators. Secondly, the type of translation used can depend on the type of information needed, whether it is key people and places or the general plans or opinions. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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