I'll admit I was hesitant when first sitting down to write the introduction to this special section, because I wasn't sure that readers necessarily would have a good idea of what we mean by interpretation technology (of course, readers need not agree on a common definition for this topic, but I was anxious nonetheless). I knew that writer's block might be only a few phrases away when I actually thought of the time-worn device “Webster's Dictionary defines such-and-such as…,” but was able to avoid descent to that level. Faced with uncertainty and fearing the approaching publication deadline, I sought both...

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