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Translators' end-revision processing patterns and maxims: a think-aloud protocol study

Shih, CYY; (2013) Translators' end-revision processing patterns and maxims: a think-aloud protocol study. Arab World English Journal , 4 (3) pp. 31-44. Green open access

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Abstract

This project investigates translators’ end-revision process by means of think-aloud protocols. It aims to investigate translators’ revision processing patterns and maxims, particularly after their first drafts have been produced (i.e. end-revision). Data suggests that translators manage their time and efforts rather similarly by concentrating mostly on producing their first drafts. Yet, two patterns emerge after the first drafts. One group of translators is found to have a second peak in terms of their processing time and efforts, particularly after a break. The other group of translators is found to simply glance through their drafts without much processing efforts. On the one hand, translators are found to read and process their TT in its own right and handle revision problems as they go along in the drafting phase. On the other hand, they also actively search for potential problems in their TT with potential translation/revision maxims in mind in the end-revision phase. The most prominent type of revision being made is found to be at the lexical level, confirming results from previous studies on revision. In addition, translators are also found to process their drafts in longer chunks without backtracking in later phases of revision.

Type: Article
Title: Translators' end-revision processing patterns and maxims: a think-aloud protocol study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.awej.org/index.php?option=com_content&v...
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article publisher under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) licence.
Keywords: Translation revision, think-aloud protocols, processing patterns, revision maxims, end-revision, cognitive translation process
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/1522466
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