The deparment of liguistics from Hong Kongn’s University tell us that “Human Language Technology is a relatively new discipline that investigates two main issues. On the one hand it explores the theoretical and practical issues surrounding the ability to get technology, especially modern information communications technology (ICT), to interact with humans using natural language capabilities. On the other hand, it is a discipline that investigates how technologies, especially ICTs, can serve as useful adjuncts to humans in language understanding, including analysis, processing, storage and retrieval. This investigation could lead to practical applications, including the design of online learning environments for language learning and multilingual retrieval for automatic translation.”
BA Human Language Technology (not available) Hong Kong’s University. Retrieved March 28, 2007. http://www.hku.hk/linguist/pro/ba_hlt.html
A conference made in 2001 about this matter adds “Human language technologies promise solutions to challenges in human computer interaction, information access, and knowledge management. Advances in technology areas such as indexing, retrieval, transcription, extraction, translation, and summarization offer new capabilities for learning, playing and conducting business.”
Workshop on Human Language Technology and Knowledge management (2001 July 6-7) ACL’2001 Conference in Toulouse, France. Retreived March 21, 2005.