Articles for Translation technology

Announcing the joint Questionmark/cApStAn webinar on assessment localization – 8 Nov

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   Globalization and innovative web technologies have removed geographic boundaries and opened new opportunities for awarding bodies, technology certification programs and credentialing organizations.  However, with these opportunities come new challenges:  How do you localize items and assessments so they will ...

Is machine translation taking over from English as the global communication language?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   At the recent TAUS webinar on "geo-linguistic shifts" two leading experts in the field, Lane Green and Nicholas Ostler (see bios below), discussed whether machine translation could one day replace English as the world's "lingua franca". The first TAUS ...

offline AI and boiler plate approach in multilingual testing

by Steve Dept - cApStAn partner   Will AI allow test development, item banking, item localization, validation and multilingual test delivery to all happen in one integrated environment? The AI behind adaptive translation is not the same as the AI behind item generation, but they can work together to build ...

Do the footprints of stereotyping and gender bias follow us in online environments?

by Emel Ince -  Project manager @ cApStAn   Online translation platforms such as Google Translation and Microsoft Translator have fuelled lively discussions. Recently, one such topic on social media has been the alleged gender bias of these platforms: Some users reported that, when translating phrases from gender-neutral languages such ...