1st Edition

Contesting Epistemologies in Cognitive Translation and Interpreting Studies

Edited By Sandra L. Halverson, Álvaro Marín García Copyright 2022
    258 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This dynamic collection synthesizes and critically reflects on epistemological challenges and developments within Cognitive Translation and Interpreting Studies, problematizing a range of issues. These critical essays provide a means of encouraging further development by grounding new theories, stances, and best practices.

    The volume is a clear marker of a maturing discipline, as decades of empirical study and methodological innovation provide the backdrop for critique and debate. The volume exemplifies tendencies toward convergence and difference, while at the same time pushing against disciplinary boundaries and structures. Constructs such as expertise and process are explored, and different theories of cognition are brought to the table. A number of chapters consider what it might mean for translation to be a form of situated, or 4EA cognition, while others query interdisciplinary relationships of foundational importance to the field. Issues of methodology are also addressed in terms of their underlying philosophical assumptions and implications.

    This book will be of interest to scholars working at the intersection of translation and cognition, in such fields as translation studies, cognitive science, psycholinguistics, semiotics, and philosophy of science.

    Introduction: Scientific maturity and epistemological reflection in cognitive Translation and Interpreting Studies

    Álvaro Marín García & Sandra L. Halverson

    Part I Challenging epistemologies

    1. Epistemologies of translation expertise: Notions in research and praxis
    2. Hanna Risku & Daniela Schlager

    3. Processualizing process in Cognitive Translation and Interpreting Studies
    4. Piotr Blumczynski

    5. Sociocognitive constructs in Translation and Interpreting Studies (TIS): Do we really need concepts like norms and risk when we have a comprehensive usage-based theory of language?
    6. Sandra L. Halverson & Haidee Kotze

    7. "Tackling stillness through movement"; or constraining the extended mind. Cognitive-semiotic insights into Translation
    8. Kobus Marais & Jani Marais

    9. Latent variables in Translation and Interpreting Studies: Ontology, epistemology, and methodology
    10. Christopher D. Mellinger & Thomas A. Hanson

      Part II Converging epistemologies

    11. Translation product and process data: A happy marriage or worlds apart?
    12. Tatiana Serbina & Stella Neumann

    13. Looking back to move forward: Towards a situated, distributed, and extended account of expertise
    14. Fabio Alves, Igor A. Lourenço da Silva

    15. An enactivist-posthumanist perspective on the translation process
    16. Michael Carl

      Part III Pluralist epistemologies

    17. Where does it hurt? Learning from the parallels between medicine and Cognitive Translation and Interpreting Studies
    18. Ricardo Muñoz & Christian Olalla Soler

    19. Towards a pluralist approach to translation theory development

    Álvaro Marín García


    Sandra L. Halverson is a professor of translation and professional communication at the University of Agder. Her research has centered on questions related to various areas of translation and interpreting studies and cognitive linguistics, and she has published both empirical and theoretical/conceptual work. Other long-term research interests are the epistemology of translation studies and research methodology. Professor Halverson is a member of the Translation Research, Empiricism and Cognition network (TREC) and INTERACT. She served as co-editor of Target for a period of eight years and currently serves on the editorial boards of several TIS journals. She was appointed CETRA Chair Professor for 2018.

    Álvaro Marín García is an assistant professor at the School of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Previously, he has worked as a translaiton lecturer at the University of Essex (UK).He has also taught translation theory and practice at Kent State University (USA), where he completed his PhD in translation studies. His research interests are in cultural and intellectual history and its relation to translation practices, cognitve translation studies, and the epistemology of translation studies. He is currently investigating translation expertise from an emic perspective as well as new forms of theory development from a pluralistic methodology as applied to cognitive translation studies and translation history.