Surveys, overviews and general aspects of machine translation

by John Hutchins


arranged from recent to oldest

The older publications are obviously now of only historical interest

[* = latest addition, October 2010]


* (2010) Outline of machine translation developments in Europe and America. To be published in JAPIO yearbook 2011.

* (2009) Multiple uses of machine translation and computerized translation tools. ISMTCL: International Symposium on Data Mining and Sense Mining, Machine Translation and Controlled Languages, and their application to emergencies and safety critical domains, July 1-3, 2009, Centre Tesnière, University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France (Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2009); pp. 13-20. [PDF, 66KB]

(2008) Recent applications of machine translation. To be published in Oxford Handbook of Translation Studies [PDF, 50KB]

(2008) A brief overview of machine translation in Europe and North America. JAPIO 2008 Yearbook (Tokyo: Japan Patent Information Organization, 2008) [PDF, 38KB]

(2005) Current commercial machine translation systems and computer-based translation tools: system types and their uses. International Journal of Translation vol.17, no.1-2, Jan-Dec 2005, pp.5-38. [PDF, 191KB]

(2005) Computer-based translation systems and tools. [Revision 2005]. British Computer Society state of the art reports: natural language translation  [PDF, 87KB]

(2004) Machine translation and computer-based translation tools. A new spectrum of translation studies, ed. José Maria Bravo (Valladolid: University of Valladolid, 2004), 13-48.  [PDF, 186KB]

(2003) Commercial systems: the state of the art. Computers and translation: a translator’s guide, ed. Harold Somers. (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2003), 161-174.  [PDF, 123KB]

(2003) Computer-based translation systems and tools. [Revision 2003] For British Computer Society state of the art reports: natural language translation. [PDF, 89KB]

(2002) Machine translation today and tomorrow. Computerlinguistik: was geht, was kommt? Computational linguistics: achievements and perspectives. Festschrift für Winfried Lenders; hrsg. Gerd Willée, Bernhard Schröder, Hans-Christian Schmitz (Sankt Augustin: Gardez! Verlag, 2002), 159-162. (Sprachwissensschaft, Computerlinguistik und Neue Medien, Bd.4). [PDF, 81KB]

(2002) The state of machine translation in Europe and future prospects. HLT Central, January 2002. [HLT Central website no longer in operation.] [PDF, 99KB]

(2001) Commercial systems: the state of the art in 2001 [Unpublished earlier version of the papers in Somers’ collection (2003), reflecting the situation in mid 2001; PDF, 132KB]

(2000) Machine translation. In: Encyclopedia of computer science, 4th edition. Editors: Anthony Ralston, Edwin D. Reilly, David Hemmendinger. Basinstoke/Oxford: Nature Publishing Group, 2000. ISBN: 0-333-77879-0. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries, 2000. ISBN: 1-561-59248-x. pp. 1059-1066.  [PDF, 128KB]

(2000) Machine translation. In: Encyclopedia of literary translation into English, ed. Olive Classe (London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000), 884-885 [in vol.2] [PDF, 94KB]

(1999) The development and use of machine translation systems and computer-based translation tools. International Conference on Machine Translation & Computer Language Information Processing, 26-28 June 1999, Beijing, China. Proceedings of the conference, editor: Chen Zhaoxiong, 1-16. [Beijing: Research Center of Computer & Language Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences.] Reprinted in: International Journal of Translation, vol.15, no.1, Jan-June 2003, pp.5-26.  [PDF, 165KB]

(1999) Commercial systems: the state of the art in 1999. [Unpublished earlier version of the paper in Somers’ collection (2003), reflecting the situation in mid 1999; PDF, 136KB]

(1997) Translation technology and the translator. ITI Conference 11. Proceedings [of] International conference, exhibition & AGM, 8-10 May 1997. Compiled by Catherine Greensmith & Marilyn Vandamme. (London: Institute of Translation & Interpreting, 1997), 113-120. Also in: Machine Translation Review, issue no.7 (April 1998), 7-14  [PDF, 103KB]

(1996) Computer-based translation systems and tools. [Version for: British Computer Society state of the art reports: natural language translation.] [PDF, 93KB]

(1996) The state of machine translation in Europe. In: Expanding MT horizons: proceedings of the Second Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas, 2-5 October 1996, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [AMTA, 1996] pp. 198-205 [PDF, 103KB]

(1995) Machine translation. In: An encyclopedia of translation: Chinese-English, English-Chinese; edited by Chan Sin-wai and David E.Pollard (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1995), 591-602. [PDF, 143KB]

(1995) Reflections on the history and present state of machine translation. In: MT Summit V proceedings, Luxembourg, July 10-13, 1995. [pp. 89-96]  [PDF, 106KB]

(1995) Trends in machine translation research. [Unpublished. Written 1995 for Sprog och Erhverv.] [PDF, 101KB]

(1994) Vers une époche nouvelle en traduction automatique: développements depuis 1990. In: Clas, André et Bouillon, Pierrette (eds.) TA-TAO: recherches de pointe et applications immédiates. Troisièmes Journées Scientifiques du réseau thématiqueLexicologie, Terminologie, Traduction” Montréal, 30 septembre, 1er et 2 octobre 1993. Montréal (Québec): AUPELF/UREF, 1994 [i.e. 1995], pp.3-16.  [PDF, 133KB]

(1994) A new era in machine translation. In: Translating and the Computer 16. Papers presented at a conference jointly sponsored by Aslib, The Association for Information Management, Aslib Technical Translation Group, Institution of Translation and Interpreting, European Association for Machine Translation, 10-11 November 1994, Institution of Civil Engineers, London. [London: Aslib, 1994]. pp.1-13. Repr. in: Aslib Proceedings 47(1), October 1995, p.211-219. [PDF, 162KB]

(1993) Latest developments in machine translation technology: beginning a new era in MT research. In: The Fourth Machine Translation Summit: MT Summit IV. Proceedings: International cooperation for global communication, July 20-22, 1993, Kobe, Japan. [Tokyo: AAMT, 1993], p.11-34.  [PDF, 184KB]

(1993) Language translation. In: Encyclopedia of Computer Science. 3rd editon; editors: Anthony Ralston, Edwin D.Reilly. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. pp.733-738. [PDF, 125KB]

(1992) (with Harold L. Somers) An introduction to machine translation. London: Academic Press, 1992. xxi,362 pp. ISBN: 0-12-362830-x. [PDF files]

(1991) Machine translation in the eighties.

 Zápisník slovenského jazykovedca 10 (1/2), 1991 [i.e. 1992], 13-16. [PDF, 92KB]

(1989) Why take the machine's word for it? Computer Weekly, October 19, 1989, 30-31 [PDF, 62KB]

(1988) Recent developments in machine translation: a review of the last five years. In: New directions in machine translation: conference proceedings, Budapest 18-19 August 1988. Editors: Dan Maxwell, Klaus Schubert, Toon Witkam. (Distributed Language Translation 4). Dordrecht: Foris Publications, 1988. pp.7-62. [PDF, 329KB]

(1978) Machine translation and machine-aided translation. Journal of Documentation 34(2), June 1978, 119-159 (Progress in Documentation). Reprinted in: Progress in documentation: some themes and topics. A selection from the Progress in Documentation articles published in Journal of Documentation, 1969-1979 (London: Aslib, 1981); pp.205-245. Reprinted in: Translation: literary, linguistic, and philosophical perspectives. Edited by William Frawley. (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1984); pp.93-149 [PDF, 378KB]