LINGUIST List 12.219

Sun Jan 28 2001

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Language Sciences: Early Years in Machine Translation, Hutchins (ed.)

Message 1: Language Sciences: Early Years in Machine Translation, Hutchins (ed.)

Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 15:56:49 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Language Sciences: Early Years in Machine Translation, Hutchins (ed.)

John Benjamins Publishing a new work on the early history of machine 

Early Years in Machine Translation.
Memoirs and biographies of pioneers.
W. John HUTCHINS (ed.)
Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 97
US & Canada: 1 58811 013 3 / USD 95.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 4586 X / NLG 190.00 (Hardcover)

Machine translation (MT) was one of the first non-numerical
applications of the computer in the 1950s and 1960s. With limited
equipment and programming tools, researchers from a wide range of
disciplines (electronics, linguistics, mathematics, engineering, etc.)
tackled the unknown problems of language analysis and processing,
investigated original and innovative methods and techniques, and laid
the foundations not just of current MT systems and computerized tools
for translators but also of natural language processing in
general. This volume contains contributions by or about the major MT
pioneers from the United States, Russia, East and West Europe, and
Japan, with recollections of personal experiences, colleagues and
rivals, the political and institutional background, the successes and
disappointments, and above all the challenges and excitement of a new
field with great practical importance. Each article includes a
personal bibliography, and the editor provides an overview, chronology
and list of sources for the period.

Contributions by: 
W. John Hutchins, Lew. R. Micklesen, Victor H. Yngve, Anthony Oettinger, 
Muriel Vasconcellos, Christine Montgomery, Michael Zarechnak, 
Antony F.R. Brown, Peter Toma, Winfred P. Lehmann, Martin Kay, Sydney Lamb, 
Olga S. Kulagina, Igor A. Mel'cuk, Tat'jana N. Molosnaja, 
Raimund G. Piotrovskij, Jurij N. Marcuk, Andrew D. Booth &
Kathleen H.V. Booth, Karen Sparck Jones, Yorick Wilks, 
Ernst von Glasersfeld, Maurice Gross, Christian Boitet, Zdenek Kirschner, 
Elena Paskaleva, Hiroshi Wada.

Paul Peranteau (
P O Box 27519 Ph: 215 836-1200
Philadelphia PA 19118-0519 Fax: 215 836-1204
John Benjamins Publishing Co. website:
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