Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

A New Force in the Interpretation Technology

Youichi Tokioka (1), Kazuhiro Okuda (2)

(1) Straightword Inc., Japan; (2) Powershift Inc., Japan

“is” is a newly developed interpretation-support software. Since interpretation has long depended on the personal ability of interpreter, improvement in interpretation technique by IT technology has been thought to be impossible. On the other hand, while voice recognition technology is being developed, the study of machine interpretation and translation has started and drawn many researchers’ interests. However, we are not able to access to a system of practical use. Our “is” is an innovative system, which helps interpreters understand more accurately and interpret quickly what speakers say. “is” has good functions to reduce the cognitive load of interpreters, such as controller to take advantage of a little bit time lag occurring in the interpretations. “is” has the following three advantages:
1. Reducing the cognitive load of interpreters will improve the quality of interpretations.
2. Recording device can produce bilingual voice proceedings.
3. “is” system is applicable to all languages.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tokioka, Youichi / Okuda, Kazuhiro (2010): "A new force in the interpretation technology", In L2WS-2010, paper D1-1.