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Locating foci of translation on Wikipedia: Some methodological proposals

Shuttleworth, M; (2017) Locating foci of translation on Wikipedia: Some methodological proposals. Translation Spaces , 6 (2) pp. 310-332. Green open access

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Abstract

In spite of its highly multilingual nature, it is generally accepted that most Wikipedia content is the product of original writing rather than being translated from another language version of the encyclopaedia. Wikipedia represents what is almost a complete, self-contained but vast research ecosystem; however, an unusual initial challenge for the researcher is to identify the primary data for a specific research project. The main aim of this paper is to make a number of proposals towards a possible methodology for discovering where the main foci of this new type of collaborative translation are located. Significant methods for this include the use of the encyclopaedia’s list-based structure and of different features of page anatomy. The article also aims to outline specific topics for research and, during the discussion, offers some initial findings of its own, using Russian and Chinese to English translation as its main sources of examples.

Type: Article
Title: Locating foci of translation on Wikipedia: Some methodological proposals
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://benjamins.com/catalog/ts.6.2.07shu
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: interwiki links, collaborative translation, Wikipedia translation, Talk Pages, Revision History, Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10031240
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