Chapter 7

Language Translation Principles

You are now multilingual because you understand at least four languages—English, C++, Pep/8 assembly language, and machine language. The first is a natural language, and the other three are artificial languages.

Keeping that in mind, let’s turn to the fundamental question of computer science, which is “What can be automated?” We use computers to automate everything from writing payroll checks to correcting spelling errors in manuscripts. Although computer science has not yet been very successful in automating the translation of natural languages, say from German to English, it has been successful in translating artificial languages. You have already learned how to translate between the three artificial ...

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