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How Effective Is Machine Translation of Legal Information?

By Michael Mulé & Claudia Johnson

Machine-translation tools can help make programs and services accessible to people with limited English proficiency. But because machine translation merely substitutes words or phrases in the target language for those in the source language, the tools cannot be relied upon in lieu of human translators. As more and better machine-translation tools become available, they can yield a first draft for human translators to edit.

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