Machine translation, sometimes referred to by the abbreviation MT, is a sub-field of computational linguistics that investigates the use of computer software to translate text or speech from one natural language to another. At its basic level, MT performs simple substitution of words in one natural language for words in another. Using corpus techniques, more complex translations may be attempted, allowing for better handling of differences in linguistic typology, phrase recognition, and translation of idioms, as well as the isolation of anomalies.
Today a number of systems are available which produce output which, if not perfect, is of sufficient quality to be useful for certain specific applications, usually in the domain of technical documentation. In addition, translation software packages which are designed primarily to assist the human translator in the production of translations are enjoying increasingly popularity within professional translation organizations.
These are some examples of Online transaltors:
- OpenTrad, http://www.opentrad.org/demo
- Systran, http://oesi.cervantes.es/traduccionAutomatica.html (complemented by ATS)
- ProMT, http://elmundo.reverso.net/textonly/default.asp (aka Reverso)
- Lucy, http://www.translendium.net:8080/home/ (aka Translendium, Metal)
- Google, http://translate.google.com/
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