Translation Competence and Language Contrast – A Multi-Method Study

Iryna Kloster

Translation Competence and Language Contrast – A Multi-Method Study

Italian – Russian – German

TRANSÜD. Arbeiten zur Theorie und Praxis des Übersetzens und Dolmetschens, Volume 119

ISBN
978-3-7329-0761-8 9783732907618
Date of appearance
2021
Language
English
Binding
Paperback
Pages
416
Format
14.8 × 21.0 cm (B × H)
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59.80 €

Contents

Experience in translation does not always correlate with the quality of the target text. Also, the evaluations of translation work vary considerably among evaluators. Why not shifting the focus of attention from the final translation to the underlying translation process when assessing translation competence? Iryna Kloster applies a multi-­method approach to model the translation competence based on empirical parameters, such as gaze behavior, dictionary use, revisions as well as subjective evaluations of comprehension and translation difficulty. Eye tracking, keystroke logging, screen recording and retrospective interviews were applied to collect data in the experimental groups consisting of novice and semi-professional translators. As a consequence, the author suggests using language contrasts for researching translation competence. She draws conclusions based on hypotheses testing, provides justification by triangulating quantitative and qualitative data and discusses the results in the light of empirical translation studies as well.

Author

Dr. Iryna Kloster studied translation and foreign language teaching methodology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany) and University of Trieste (Italy). She completed her doctorate in descriptive translation studies at the translation department of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Her main research interests include empirical investigation of language processing and foreign language acquisition. She has over a decade’s experience in specialized translation and foreign language teaching.

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