Google Translate: a compilation of posts

May 1, 2015 by

[Note to readers: this post is a compilation of links to earlier posts on the topic of Google Translate] Google Translate vs. Human: 0:1 (March 26, 2010) Will “Google Conversation” really converse? (February 8, 2011) Google Translate...

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Google Translate Tackles Geography

Oct 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in February 2012] Google as a whole can hardly be accused of geographical illiteracy, as Google Maps and Google Earth have become standard tools for numerous professional geographers and amateur...

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Google Translates Gender

Feb 13, 2012 by

[Thanks to David Pesetsky for inspiring this post] The topics of Google Translate and of translating gender have been discussed in this blog before. I have argued that Google Translate fails to understand language (as many...

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On Google Translate, again

Sep 17, 2011 by

In a couple of postings last winter (see here and here), I already discussed Google’s machine translation tool, Google Translate (GT) and expressed my skepticism about it. Today, another article on GT by David Bellos from The...

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Are there "universal truths" about language?

Apr 26, 2011 by

In several recent postings, I’ve discussed two studies recently conducted in New Zealand: one on the origins of human language by Quentin D. Atkinson and colleagues published in Science, and the other on the origins of the...

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Google Translate and Humor

Feb 9, 2011 by

In yesterday’s posting I talked about Google Translate and its (in)ability to handle even such simple texts such as a short nursery rhyme that I attempted translating from Russian into several other languages. What about other...

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