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In part I, we defined the pivot language approach, discussed briefly its major drawbacks, referred to factors regarding the selection of the pivot language and explored two areas where pivoting can be deployed i.e. the relay interpretation (oral) and the human translation (written), including translations from audio recordings with or without script. In part II of this blog article, we will discuss more areas where pivot languages can be deployed, namely in building and enhancing bilingual lexicons, translation memories, machine translation systems and machine transliteration systems. Increasing the Size and Improving Bilingual Lexicons There is a number of efforts and approaches...
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A pivot language is a third or intermediate language that can bridge the gap between language pairs. For example, if there are translations between English to French and the same English to Spanish available, through the pivot language English, translations between French and Spanish can be generated. The major drawback and concern of generated translations through pivoting is the translation quality, as it is possible to produce erroneous translations by transferring errors or ambiguities from a language pair to another through the pivot language. However, when language resources in specific language pairs do not exist or are scarce, the use of...
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