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Published Papers & Articles on Linguistics,

Including Machine Translation, NLP, AI, TGG, etc.

General Linguistics

Machine Translation (MT)
& Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The One with all the Names: Mainstream Linguistics, "Chomskyanism,"
Minimalism, TGG, P&P, G&B, etc... 

General Linguistics

The following two book reviews deal partly or entirely with machine translation and can be assigned to either the "Linguistics" or "Translation" category.

Two German Books About Machine Translation, 1999.  Have there truly been any new advances in MT?  Or is the field merely marking time as a scholarly buzzword whose time has passed?

New Terminologies: Peaceful Immigrants or Invading Hordes?  A Review of Three New Books, 2004.  Contrasting Spanish and Chinese books on Internet terminology with a remarkable work by a young doctor about how Chinese truly handles language and creates its own terminology.

The Challenge of Translating Chinese Medicine. This interview with the author reveals much about both the Chinese language and Chinese medicine and shows how problems in translating this difficult subject have slowed down wider public understanding of its principles. Published by Language Monthly, April, 1987.

The Language Contest. A parable on all the languages of the world and which one is truly "best." Published by Language Monthly, December, 1987.

Suggested Minimal Requirements for the Advanced Study of Linguistics. Perhaps an idealistic set of goals set out for this field, for which the author seeks feedback and criticism. This selection should perhaps be examined last, after reading other selections on the website.

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Hermes—God of Translators and Interpreters: The Origins of Language and the Prehistory of Interpreting . A historical inquiry into the earliest days of interpreting, demonstrating how they provide a window onto both the "prehistory" of translation and the origins of language. Paper  presented on March 24 at the Translation2000 Conference, sponsored by the NYU Translation Studies Program.

Hermes, God of Translators and Interpreters: The Antiquity of Interpreting—Distinguishing Fact from Speculation  A "cleaned up" & more conventionally academic version of the Hermes essay presented at the NYU Translation2000 Conference.

Synthesizing the Three Major Passions of my Life: Linguistics, Theatre, Translation.  Preface to a recently commissioned play translation.

Human Language: An Owner's Manual. Summary of a Work-in-Progress: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Language, but the Experts Couldn't Tell You

 
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QWERTYUIOP OR OUR TYPEWRITER TERRITORY. A Whorfian Picture Parable for Adults, entirely devoted to QWERT, the creatures who live in QWERTYUIOP and whose entire lives are limited to those words and concepts that can be spelled with the top row of letters on the keyboard. Illustrations by Ilene Astrahan Gross.


Machine Translation (MT)
& Natural Language Processing (NLP)

The one with all the names: Mainstream
Linguistics, Minimalism, "Chomskyanism,"
TGG, P&P, G&B, etc

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