Challenges for English into Japanese Machine Translation (MT): Can We Embrace MT for Language Teaching?

Takako Aikawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Noon Lecture, University of Michigan, February 26, 2016

 

Takako Aikawa did give us permission to make her powerpoint slides available here.

Univ_of_Michigan_NL_Aikawa.pdf

Outline:

1. A brief introduction of Machine Translation (MT)
Historical background of the development of MT
How does (Statistical) MT work?

2. Challenges for the English -> Japanese (EJ) MT
Open problems for MT in general
Differences between English and Japanese

3. What can we do to improve the quality of MT for EJ translations?
Crowdsourcing
Controlled/Simplified English

4. Can MT be used for teaching Japanese?
Ban, or Embrace MT?