A semantic 'engine' for universal translation

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Having dedicated prior research to identifying a range of methods for detecting the hierarchical layers of language, which also incorporates unsupervised learning toolkits and a Corpus that represents the entire 'Human Chorus', this paper outlines the concepts behind providing the last piece in the jigsaw. This particular piece, which ultimately will provide the ability to decipher meaning without an exhaustive crib or primer, poses the perplexing problem of dealing with the seemingly arbitrary nature of this linguistic 'veneer'. Techniques that, if perfected, will also have a profound impact on developing a universal translator for everyday translation issues and cryptopalaeography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-440
Number of pages6
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • Decipherment
  • Semantic engine
  • Translation
  • Universal


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