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Problem-solving and decision-making in translation revision: two case studies

Shih, C; (2015) Problem-solving and decision-making in translation revision: two case studies. Across Languages and Cultures , 16 (1) pp. 69-92. 10.1556/084.2015.16.1.4. Green open access

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Abstract

This project investigates two young professional translators’ problem-solving and decision-making behaviour during revision processes. It sets out to qualitatively describe the complexity of interplay involved in problem-solving and decision-making in translation revision, using think-aloud protocols as a research method. The data I elicited suggest that, for a revision point to occur, the translator first has to find a translation problem. However, the translation problem itself can evolve over time in the revision process in either a divergent or convergent manner. In other words, a single translation problem can be subdivided into several smaller problems and be tackled individually. Meanwhile, the translator may choose to merge several problems into a single problem that requires a holistic problem-solving approach. In terms of decision-making, the translator does not generally verbalise his/her reasons for choosing a translation solution. Nevertheless, s/he has an appropriateness threshold in mind, so that s/he can judge and compare the appropriateness of translation choices and make a decision accordingly. A tentative model of end-revision problem-solving and decision-making has been produced to summarise the findings of this project.

Type: Article
Title: Problem-solving and decision-making in translation revision: two case studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1556/084.2015.16.1.4
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/084.2015.16.1.4
Language: English
Additional information: This is the author's accepted manuscript of the article. The final version is published in Across Languages and Cultures by Akadémiai Kiadó and is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/084.2015.16.1.4.
Keywords: problem-solving, decision-making, translation revision, end-revision, cognitive translation process, think-aloud protocols
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS > Translation Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493149
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