Machine translation, translation memory and terminology management

Peter Reynolds
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Machine Translation (MT) is the use of computer software to translate from one natural language to another. Translation Memory (TM) offers the translator suggestions from previously translated material. Terminology can be integrated with both these technologies and the better the integration, the better the quality of the target translation. Both MT and TM approach terminology management from a similar perspective. They aim to give access to the right target language term promptly and ensure that the translator can do this with a great degree of confidence. While the translator may be generally interested in the same issues as the terminologist, the translator’s main goal is usually quick access to the right term without too much extra research work.

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