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Metalanguages for Dissecting Translation Processes Theoretical Development and Practical Applications

Edited By Rei Miyata, Masaru Yamada, Kyo Kageura Copyright 2022
    264 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This edited volume covers the development and application of metalanguages for concretely describing and communicating translation processes in practice.

    In a modern setting of project-based translation, it is crucial to bridge the gaps between various actors involved in the translation process, especially among clients, translation service providers (TSPs), translators, and technology developers. However, we have been confronted with the lack of common understanding among them about the notion and detailed mechanisms of translation. Against this backdrop, we are developing systematic, fine-grained metalanguages that are designed to describe and analyse translation processes in concrete terms. Underpinned by the rich accumulation of theoretical findings in translation studies and established standards of practical translation services, such as ISO 17100, our metalanguages extensively cover the core processes in translation projects, namely project management, source document analysis, translation, and revision.

    Gathering authors with diverse backgrounds and expertise, this book proffers the fruits of the contributors’ collaborative endeavour; it not only provides practicable metalanguages, but also reports on wide-ranging case studies on the application of metalanguages in practical and pedagogical scenarios. This book supplies concrete guidance for those who are involved in the translation practices and translation training/education. In addition to being of practical use, the metalanguages reflect explication of the translation process. As such, this book provides essential insights for researchers and students in the field of translation studies.

    1. Introduction Rei Miyata, Masaru Yamada, and Kyo Kageura Part I. Translation Knowledge and Metalanguages 2. Metalanguages and Translation Studies Kyo Kageura, Rei Miyata, and Masaru Yamada 3. Overview of Metalanguages and Translation Processes Masaru Yamada and Nanami Onishi 4. Metalanguages in Translator Education Hui Piao, Masaru Yamada, and Kyo Kageura Part II. Core Sets of Metalanguages 5. Metalanguage for Translation Project Management Nanami Onishi and Masaru Yamada 6. Metalanguages for Source Document Analysis: Properties and Elements Rei Miyata and Takuya Miyauchi 7. Translation Strategies for English-to-Japanese Translation Mayuka Yamamoto and Masaru Yamada 8. Designing a Metalanguage of Translation Issues Atsushi Fujita, Kikuko Tanabe, and Chiho Toyoshima 9. Metalanguage for Describing the Effects of Revisions Rei Miyata and Takuya Miyauchi Part III. Practical and Pedagogical Applications 10. Modeling the Process of Translation using Metalanguages Masaru Yamada, Kyo Kageura, and Rei Miyata 11. Implementing and Validating a Metalanguage of Translation Issues in Translation Education Atsushi Fujita, Kikuko Tanabe, Kaemi Tanaka, and Mayuka Yamamoto 12. Incorporating the Source Document Property Metalanguage for Translation Education Hui Piao and Kyo Kageura 13. MNH-TT: A Translator Training Platform that Incorporates Metalanguages Kyo Kageura, Takeshi Abekawa, and Masaru Yamada 14. Managing Clients’ Expectations for MTPE Services Through a Metalanguage of Translation Specifications: MPPQN Method Akiko Sakamoto and Masaru Yamada 15. A Customisable Automated Quality Assurance Tool: Case Study of Use in English-to-Japanese Patent Translations Junya Nitta 16. Natural Language Processing Techniques for Translation Atsushi Fujita


    Rei Miyata is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan. He received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2017. His main research topic is controlled document authoring for facilitating the effective use of machine translation. He is the author of Controlled document authoring in a machine translation age (Routledge, 2020).

    Masaru Yamada is Professor in the College of Intercultural Communication at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. He specialises in translation process research (TPR), including human-computer interaction (HCI), machine translation plus postediting (MTPE), and translation in language teaching (TILT). His publication includes “The impact of Google Neural Machine Translation on post-editing by student translators” (JoSTrans, 31).

    Kyo Kageura is Professor of the Library and Information Science Course at the Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo. He has authored several books, including The Quantitative analysis of the dynamics and structure of terminologies (2012), and has published extensively in international journals and conferences in the fields of terminology, information studies, translation studies, and computational linguistics.