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1st Edition

Using CAT Tools in Freelance Translation
Insights from a Case Study

ISBN 9780367646752
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
126 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the impact of applying computer-assisted (CAT) tools in freelance translation toward better understanding translators’ strategies, preferences, and challenges in using new technologies and identifying areas of enhancement in translator training.

The volume offers a brief overview of the latest developments in technology in translation, examining such issues as the effect on the translation process and the dynamics of the translator-technology interaction. Drawing on data from a study with active translators in Poland, Pietrzak and Kornacki examine the underlying factors underpinning translators’ lack of engagement with these tools, including such issues as prevailing pre-conceptions around technology and limited knowledge hindering the most efficacious use of these resources and the subsequent impact on translator identity. Taken together, the book brings together these insights to help pinpoint freelance translators’ needs more effectively and adapt training programmes accordingly.

The volume will be of interest to scholars in translation studies with an interest in process and technology as well as active translators.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

List of Tables

List of Figures


1. Contemporary freelance translation market

Overview of the chapter

1.1. Freelance translation as a profession

1.2. Forms of employment

2. Application of technology in the process of translation

Overview of the chapter

2.1. Typology of translation technology

2.1.1. Technology in regular translation Word processors CAT (computer-assisted translation) tools Machine Translation (MT) CMS – Content Management Systems TMS – Translation Management Systems Graphics software

2.1.2. Technology in audiovisual translation AVT vs AST tools Localisation tools

2.1.3. Technology in interpreting

2.2. Translator-technology (TT) interaction modes

2.2.1. Basic TT interaction

2.2.2. Extended TT interaction

2.2.3. CAT-inclusive TT interaction

2.2.4. CAT-based TT interaction

2.2.5. Full TT interaction

3. Freelance translator profile

Overview of the chapter

3.1. Freelance translator competence

3.2. Users and non-users of CAT tools

3.3. Technological toolkit

4. Technological evolution in translation

Overview of the chapter

4.1. Key developments in CAT technology and their effects on the translator’s work

4.2. Negative impact of CAT technology on the process and product

4.3. Cognitive aspects of TT interaction

4.4. Impact of CAT technology and TT interaction on translator’s metacognition

4.5. Technology-related anxiety in freelance translation

4.5.1. Career anxiety

4.5.2. Cognitive friction

4.5.3. Technological anxiety

5. Current trends in the use of CAT tools in freelance translation

Overview of the chapter

5.1. The methodology behind the study on CAT users and non-users

5.1.1. Aim of the study

5.1.2. Tools for data collection and analysis

5.1.3. Participants

5.1.4. Limitations of the study

5.2. Attitudes towards the study

5.2.1. Hostile tone: generation gap

5.2.2. Humorous tone: what about bridging the gap?

5.2.3. Dismissive tone: market-academia gap

6. Research findings

Overview of the chapter

6.1. Sample characteristics

6.2. Usage

6.3. Machine Translation

6.4. Income

6.5. CAT tools evaluation

6.6. Reasons for using or not using CAT tools

7. Discussion

Overview of the chapter

7.1. Analysis of the findings

7.2. Reluctance towards CAT technology

7.3. Implications for translator training

7.4. Implications for translation software developers

8. Conclusion



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Paulina Pietrzak is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and, since 2008, has been affiliated with the University of Łódź, Poland. She completed her Ph.D. on translator education and developing translation competence. She teaches general and LSP translation and interpreting in the Department of Translation Studies. She is a freelance translator and interpreter. Her main research interests include translator training, medical translation, and metacognitive aspects of translator competence development.

Michał Kornacki is Assistant Professor of Linguistics, affiliated with the University of Łódź, Poland. A translator and an academic teacher, Michał completed his PhD on translator training in a computer-assisted translation (CAT) environment. He teaches general, computer-assisted and audiovisual translation. Michał’s research focuses on the use of technology in translator training, as well as metacognitive aspects of translator competence development. He is responsible for CAT programme at the Insitute of English Studies, University of Lodz. Since 2017, he is a Certified Trainer of Memsource.