Paper: Fallible Rationalism And Machine Translation

ACL ID E83-1014
Title Fallible Rationalism And Machine Translation
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1983

Approaches to MT have been heavily influenced by changing trends in the philosophy of language and mind. Because of the artificial hiatus which followed the publication of the ALPAC Report, MT research in the 197Os and early 198Os has had to catch up with major developments that have occurred in linguistic and philosophical thinking; current- ly, MT seems to be uncritically loyal to a para- digm of thought about language which is rapidly losing most of its adherents in departments of linguistics and philosophy. I argue, both in theoretical terms and by reference to empirical research on a particular translation problem, that the Popperian "fallible rationalist" view of mental processes which is winning acceptance as a more sophisticated alternative to Chomskyan "determin- istic rationalism...