Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Ergonomics and translation workplaces
Authors: Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1075/hts.5.erg1
Published in: Handbook of Translation Studies
Editors of the parent work: van Doorslaer, Luc
Gambier, Yves
Volume(Issue): 5
Page(s): 67
Pages to: 72
Issue Date: 16-Sep-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: John Benjamins
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Amsterdam
Language: English
Subjects: Ergonomics; Translation; Workplace; Professional
Subject (DDC): 418.02: Translating and interpreting
620: Engineering
Abstract: The activity of producing translations, in all variations from literature through patient information leaflets to subtitles, does not occur in isolation in a single translator’s mind independent of that individual’s physical setting. It necessarily involves tools, from those as traditional as pen and paper to complex technology that combines translation memory with adaptive neural Machine translation. Anyone who has been involved in the activity of translation in the last decade or two is aware that it has become inseparable from access to electronic resources, language technology, and human-computer interaction. The latter is often addressed within the discipline of ergonomics, which more broadly is concerned with “understanding the interactions among humans and other elements of a system”, as defined by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).1 In the case of translation, the other elements of the system include not only source texts, parallel texts, various types of resources, software, computers, and other equipment but also the physical, social, and organizational setting in which the translator is situated or embedded.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Cognitive and Physical Ergonomics of Translation
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Ehrensberger-Dow, M. (2021). Ergonomics and translation workplaces. In L. van Doorslaer & Y. Gambier (Eds.), Handbook of Translation Studies (Vol. 5, pp. 67–72). John Benjamins.
Ehrensberger-Dow, M. (2021) ‘Ergonomics and translation workplaces’, in L. van Doorslaer and Y. Gambier (eds) Handbook of Translation Studies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 67–72. Available at:
M. Ehrensberger-Dow, “Ergonomics and translation workplaces,” in Handbook of Translation Studies, vol. 5, L. van Doorslaer and Y. Gambier, Eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2021, pp. 67–72. doi: 10.1075/hts.5.erg1.
EHRENSBERGER-DOW, Maureen, 2021. Ergonomics and translation workplaces. In: Luc VAN DOORSLAER und Yves GAMBIER (Hrsg.), Handbook of Translation Studies [online]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. S. 67–72. Verfügbar unter:
Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen. 2021. “Ergonomics and Translation Workplaces.” In Handbook of Translation Studies, edited by Luc van Doorslaer and Yves Gambier, 5:67–72. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen. “Ergonomics and Translation Workplaces.” Handbook of Translation Studies, edited by Luc van Doorslaer and Yves Gambier, vol. 5, John Benjamins, 2021, pp. 67–72,

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