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Natural Language Processing for the Translation Class

Lars Ahrenberg
Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden

Ljuba Tarvi
Helsinki University, Finland

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Published in: Proceedings of the second workshop on NLP for computer-assisted language learning at NODALIDA 2013; May 22-24; Oslo; Norway. NEALT Proceedings Series 17

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 86:1, p. 1-10

NEALT Proceedings Series 17:1, p. 1-10

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Published: 2013-05-17

ISBN: 978-91-7519-588-9

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


We propose a system for use in translation teaching with automatic support for alignment and comparative assessment of different translations. A primary use of this system is for discussion in class and comparison of student translations from a given source text; but it may also be used to study and compare differences between published translations. We describe the intended functions of the system and give suggestions on its design and architecture. We also discuss the degree of automation that can be expected and report results from a small indicative study focused on word alignment performance.


Natural language processing; translation teaching; translation assessment; alignment


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