Language Industry Monitor was a bimonthly newsletter which
appeared from January 1991 until February 1996. It was established by
and Andrew Joscelyne, two journalists who had been covering
the language engineering field for a number of
The Monitor covered the field of natural language processing
also known as language engineering, providing a small
but appreciative audience with news, opinion, and background information
about this fascinating corner of the information technology industry,
where linguistics, lexicography, software engineering, artificial
intelligence, and interface design formed — and continues to form — a
potent yet imperfect mixture.
The period in which the Monitor was active was a critical time
for this field, for it marked the emergence of linguistic
engineering in the world at large. Many of these technologies, such as
speech processing, fulltext indexing, and machine translation, became
market ripe; they emerged from research laboratories, where for decades
computational linguists and software engineers had been studying the
complex problems of processing human language, and blossomed into
commercially viable systems.
In its own modest way, the Monitor succeeded the glossier, more
ambitious Electric Word, a magazine published in Amsterdam from
1987 through 1990. For much of its existence, the Monitor was
virtually the only source of business-oriented information
about the language industry, but in the intervening years several other
publications have emerged to fill the gap, including (the revamped and much improved)
Language International, Language Today (renamed,International Journal for Language and Documentation),
Multilingual Computing and Communication, and the European Commission-funded online e-magazine
HLT News (formerly Le Journal), of which Andrew Joscelyne was an editor.
Nearly all the articles which appeared in the
Monitor from between 1991 and 1996 are now online here. Please note: many of the names and
addresses have become obsolete; for documentary reasons, the articles are
presented as is. No effort has been made to update them.
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