LINGUIST List 13.380

Mon Feb 11 2002

Sum: Machine Translation of Dialogue

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  1. Sherri Condon, Responses to Machine Translation Query

Message 1: Responses to Machine Translation Query

Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 10:07:34 -0500
From: Sherri Condon <>
Subject: Responses to Machine Translation Query

As I promised, I am summarizing the responses I received to my query
about machine translation of dialogue. I am grateful to all of our
colleagues who shared their knowledge.

Maite Taboada wrote about the JANUS project at Carnegie Mellon

Francesca Guerzoni called attention to the NESPOLE! project

Daniel Villa described work at the Computing Research Lab (CRL) at New
Mexico State University on adapting a machine translation system to
translate dialog:

Caren Brinckmann, Melanie Siegel, and Hans Ulrich (Ulli) Block all
reminded me of the Verbmobil project and the many reports available on
the website at
In addition, Caren and Ulli both mentioned the recently published book
about the project:
Wahlster, W. (ed.): Verbmobil: Foundations of Speech-to-Speech
Translation. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 2000

Pius ten Hacken also recommended looking at the Verbmobil site and cited
his paper:
ten Hacken, Pius (2001), "Has There Been a Revolution in Machine
Translation ?", Machine Translation 16:1-19.

Finally, Dr. Paul Prueitt wrote about work he is doing that can be found

Thanks again to everyone who took time to respond.


Sherri L. Condon, Ph.D.
The MITRE Corporation
11493 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, Virginia 20190-5214
Phone: 703-883-5522
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