Overcoming Language Barriers by Means of Computer

Roland Hausser 1
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1Universität Erlangen

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Published Online: Jan 01, 2017


Language barriers arise between (i) different natural languages,(ii) different media of language,i.e., speaking, writing,and signing,and (iii) different kinds of agents, e.g., humans and machines. Up to now,these language barriers have been approached with different methods,e.g.,the design of universal languages or machine translation for different natural languages,systems of automatic speech recognition and synthesis for different media of language,and programming languages for different kinds of agents. This paper presents a unified approach for overcoming language barriers by modeling the mechanism of natural communication on the computer. The advantages are that users do not have to learn universal or programming languages,the accuracy of transfer between language media is much improved ,and human-computer communication becomes optimally user-friendly.

Keywords: universal languages; machine translation; programming languages; human-computer communication