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Chris DeSantis collection on the Translation Sciences Institute

Chris DeSantis collection on the Translation Sciences Institute

Dates: 1975-1979

Contains bound manuals, articles, and related materials produced by the Translation Sciences Institute. Includes information on Junction Grammar and automation of language translation. Materials date from between 1975 and 1979.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: DeSantis, Chris, 1951. -- Translation Sciences Institute
  • Call Number: MSS 8729
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Chris DeSantis collection on the Translation Sciences Institute must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8729; Chris DeSantis collection on Translation Sciences Institute; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8729, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Chris DeSantis in 2015.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Chris DeSantis; 2015.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Language and Languages; Mormon Church--Sacred books--Translating; DeSantis, Chris, 1951-; Translation Sciences Institute
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Processing Information
Processed; Clarissa McIntire; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, Feb 2010).
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Finding Aid Title
DeSantis (Chris) collection on the Translation Sciences Institute
Finding Aid Author
Clarissa McIntire
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-08-03 14:10:34 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Chris DeSantis (born 1951) is a software engineer in Utah.

Chris DeSantis was born in 1951. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated in linguistics in 1980. He then worked as a software engineer. DeSantis is now involved in Education Management, event planning, and coaching.

DeSantis currently resides in Payson, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

The Translation Sciences Institute (1976-1980) at Brigham Young University functioned to provide machine translation of texts with a minimum of human assistance.

In 1974 then-President of Brigham Young University, Dallin H. Oaks, and Dr. Eldon Lytle presented the idea of a Translation Sciences Institute to the Board of Trustees in an effort to gain funding. The Translation Department of the Church agreed to provide forty percent of the funding, and the project began in 1976. In 1977, President Wilkinson donated the money for a computer dedicated to computer translation work. Originally, the computer was designed to translate accurately and efficiently between English and five other languages: Spanish, French, German, Portugese, and Chinese. The purposes were largely extended to translations of scriptural materials and other church-related texts. Dr. Lytle (1976-1979) and Dr. Gary Carlson (1980) served as directors of the project until funding was withdrawn in 1980.

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