the Monitor

Language Industry Monitor was a bimonthly newsletter which appeared from January 1991 until February 1996. It was established by Colin Brace and Andrew Joscelyne, two journalists who had been covering the language engineering field for a number of years.
    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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