Cultural Machine Translation: Challenges and Solutions

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Fernand Cohen

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The Center for Translation Studies presents an interdisciplinary lecture by Fernand Cohen, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. In his talk entitled "Cultural Machine Translation: Challenges and Solutions", Dr. Cohen shares some of his expertise and work in progress on machine translation, where he has helped develop a probabilistic language model. Some of the main translation challenges emerge in unfamiliar cultural contexts and when faced with polysemy and ambiguous words. Machine translation - most reliable with simple texts - will only become a successful tool once able to disambiguate words and become sensitive to their cultural meanings, Cohen concludes.


Center for Translation Studies


Arts and Humanities

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April 2018

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