This chapter illustrates some of the errors that translation machines may make in processing natural language. That these translation errors would never have been made by human translators raises the question as to why this is so. What is the translator’s brain doing in its handling of language that is different from the machine? Is the brain processing language in ways that have yet to be understood? Could it be that neuroscience has overlooked evidence of a cerebral language process that is different from what cognitive science and neurolinguistics have traditionally proposed for the brain? What would such a hitherto under-recognized process look like and might it be simulatable in a translation machine? These questions constitute the topic of this book.
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