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A retrospective view on the promise on machine translation for Bahasa Melayu-English

Mohd Noor, Yusnita and Jamaludin, Zulikha and Jusoh, Shaidah (2010) A retrospective view on the promise on machine translation for Bahasa Melayu-English. In: Found in Translation : International Conference on Translation and Multiculturalism, 23-25 July 2010, University of Malaya. (Unpublished)

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Research and development activities for machine translation systems from English language to others are more progressive than vice versa. It has been more than 30 years since the machine translation was introduced and yet a Malay language or Bahasa Melayu (BM) to English machine translation engine is not available. Consequently, many translation systems have been developed for the world's top 10 languages in terms of native speakers, but none for BM, although the language is used by more than 200 million speakers around the world. This paper attempts to seek possible reasons as why such situation occurs. A summative overview to show progress, challenges as well as future works on MT is presented. Issues faced by researchers and system developers in modeling and developing a machine translation engine are also discussed. The study of the previous translation systems (from other languages to English) reveals that the accuracy level can be achieved up to 85 %. The figure suggests that the translation system is not reliable if it is to be utilized in a serious translation activity. The most prominent difficulties are the complexity of grammar rules and ambiguity problems of the source language. Thus, we hypothesize that the inclusion of ‘semantic’ property in the translation rules may produce a better quality BM-English MT engine.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Jointly organized by the University of Malaya's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics and the Malaysian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (MACLALS)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Zulikha Jamaludin
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2010 07:52
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2010 07:52

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