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Translating Expressive Prose using CAT Tools: An investigation into discerning the effects of segmentation in student translations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Computer Assisted Translation tools continue to become more ubiquitous, but translation students do not necessarily receive much training in using them, and may therefore find translating when using them very different to translating freehand. An experiment was conducted where a three Master’s students were each asked to translate two texts; one in a CAT tool and the other freehand, and the resulting target texts were inspected to determine whether they may have been affected by the segmentation performed by the CAT tool compared to freehand translations of the same text, and if so, how. There were indications that in certain cases, such as very long sentences, the CAT tool may act as a visual aid, and also indications that certain students may be more prone to follow the segmentation provided by the CAT tool than others. However, the influence of personal translator style and translator’s habitus cannot be disregarded and as such the differences that are apparent cannot be entirely attributed to the CAT tool.

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Keyword [en]
Computer Assisted Translation, CAT Tool, Swedish, English, habitus, Student Translation, Segmentation, Translator Style, Puns, Wordplay, Expressive Prose
Keyword [sv]
CAT-verktyg, svenska, engelska, habitus, studentöversättningar, segmentering, översättarstil, ordlekar, expressiv prosa
National Category
Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104351OAI: diva2:722938
2014-05-27, 15:41 (English)
Available from: 2014-06-12 Created: 2014-06-09 Last updated: 2014-06-12Bibliographically approved

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