[b-hebrew] Machine translation of the Bible, was: heno- v's poly- theismin the torah

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Jul 29 15:10:50 EDT 2005

On 29/07/2005 19:01, C. Stirling Bartholomew wrote:

>On 7/29/05 9:54 AM, "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org> wrote:
>>After all, researchers have been working on machine translation between
>>major world languages for many decades, and the best results that they
>>can come up with are appalling.
>The feds dumped gigabucks into this during the cold war. Some of the
>byproducts of this hopeless project were useful, e.g., frame theory,
>semantic networks ...
The European Union is still dumping gigaeuros into it. I'm sure there 
will be useful byproducts of this as well, but I don't expect that to 
include high quality translation - although the results between the core 
European languages might be just about understandable. But then these 
languages, and I exclude Finnish, Saami, Hungarian, Maltese and Basque, 
are reasonably closely related and have had a lot of mutual interaction 
over the centuries. Biblical Hebrew is much less close to modern 
languages, with obvious exceptions like modern Hebrew, Arabic and Maltese.

Peter Kirk
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