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Web search for translation: an exploratory study on six Chinese trainee translators' behaviour

Shih, Y; (2017) Web search for translation: an exploratory study on six Chinese trainee translators' behaviour. Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies , 4 (1) pp. 50-66. 10.1080/23306343.2017.1284641. Green open access

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Abstract

Translators’ information skills have long been recognised as one of the most important competence for translators these days. Of particular interest is the perception of the web as an invaluable tool for locating and confirming terms for specialised translation. The intention for this paper is to investigate Chinese trainee translators’ web search behaviour in this context. Screen recording was supplemented by think-aloud protocols as data collection methods. The data suggest that Chinese trainee translators use a variety of web resources, which largely tallies with previous researchers’ findings. Two types of web-search behaviours are identified. In addition, interesting idiosyncratic behaviours are found in terms of how and potentially why different types of web resources are used in conjunction with each other by individual trainees. Relevant pedagogical implications are drawn as a result.

Type: Article
Title: Web search for translation: an exploratory study on six Chinese trainee translators' behaviour
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/23306343.2017.1284641
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23306343.2017.1284641
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: Web search, screen recording, information literacy, translation pedagogy, cognitive behaviour
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/1537387
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