Publication type: Lecture
Title: The changing (inter)face of professional translation : lecture at the University of Surrey Convergence lecture series
Authors: Massey, Gary
Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen
et. al: No
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2021
Language: English
Subjects: Professional translation; Translation ergonomics; Language industry profile; Workplace research; Translation process research; Transdisciplinary action research; Language technology; Translation technology
Subject (DDC): 418.02: Translating and interpreting
620: Engineering
Abstract: Accelerating technological developments, especially artificial intelligence, are reshaping the way professional translators work, changing processes, tasking and demand structures. The recent improvements in the quality of raw machine translation (MT) output in many language versions have created increasing demand for MT post-editing, revision and related technology-led skills, and also opened up opportunities for adaptive experts. In our work, we have focused on the realities of professional translation with respect to the ergonomic conditions in which it takes place. In addition to physical and health issues (e.g. from working with small screens) and the cognitive aspects of technology (such as overly complex interfaces), the ergonomics of translation workplaces includes social and organisational factors that can aid or constrain translators. These range from isolation and time pressure to the imposition of certain types of language technology and the support provided for it. On the basis of workplace studies carried out by our team over the past decade, we have determined, for instance, that professional translators’ resistance to the uptake of new technology has more to do with their lack of involvement in procurement decisions than with problems caused by the technology itself. We will reflect on these issues and discuss the wider implications for situated transdisciplinary (action) research and its applications.
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
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