Edited by Gloria Corpas Pastor and Bart Defrancq
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 37] 2023
► pp. 46–71
Over the last 20 years, digital tools for interpreters have evolved from easy-to-use glossary creation and management solutions to complex workstations that cover most stages of the interpreter workflow, from assignment preparation to terminology lookup during interpretation. Currently, computer-aided interpretation (CAI) tools are starting to offer advanced features based on recent developments in artificial intelligence, such as automatic speech recognition, machine translation, etc., sometimes becoming part of integrated platforms, for example for the provision of remote interpretation.
This chapter provides a historical overview of CAI tools focusing on current technological developments in the artificial intelligence (AI) space. It begins by discussing the rationale for creating tailor-made interpreter support tools in the light of interpreters’ specific needs. Against this background, the author offers a chronological overview of the development of CAI technology and a comparison and categorization of the available tools. Previous research on computer-assisted interpreting is briefly presented. It follows a general introduction to key AI topics as applied to the field of interpreting technology. The conclusions address potential avenues for future developments and challenges.