Advanced Translation Strategies Exclusively for Professionals? Results of a Process-Oriented Translation Study

Dagmara Płońska , Barbara Bokus


The present paper is concerned with the competence of translators specializing in written translation. The study analyzes errors made during translation, their possible connection with the use of a specific strategy as well as investigates the correction-making process. We tried to compare the activation of an advanced translation strategy in persons without any background in translation and experienced translators. We also tried to find out whether these groups differ in their mental representation of text and whether creating a text’s initial mental representation can affect the subsequent choice of translation strategies.

    Since the translation process cannot be subjected to direct observation, two research methods were used: on-line recording and interviews. The process of writing a translation was recorded by the Translog software, while interviews served to provide information on the reasons for pauses in the process and on the translator’s decisions. 

    The theoretical section presents the cognitive-communicative translation model of Krzysztof Hejwowski, discusses translation competence and mental representation of text in the context of translation, the notion of translation strategy and translation error, and summarizes existing research results in this area. The empirical section presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative analysis of data generated by the Translog software and the interviews, and the conclusions drawn from these analyses.

Author Dagmara Płońska
Dagmara Płońska,,
, Barbara Bokus (Wydział Psychologii)
Barbara Bokus,,
- Wydział Psychologii
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Book Bokus Barbara (eds.): Studies in the Psychology of Language and Communication (In honor of Ida Kurcz), 2010, Matrix
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