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From the Lab to the Classroom and Back Again

Perspectives on Translation and Interpreting Training

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Edited By Celia Martín de León and Víctor González-Ruiz

This collection of essays brings to the fore some of the most pressing concerns in the training of translators and interpreters. It does so by acknowledging the primary role of research in both the development and the results of that training. The eleven chapters of the book, authored by a range of established international scholars, touch on the interlocking nature of didactics and research and address advances in cognitive processes, quality assessment and socio-professional issues with regard to their significance for translation and interpreting training. With this volume, the editors aim to illustrate some of the most recent insights into the interplay between scientific progress and the educational stages of prospective translators and interpreters.
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Álvaro Marín García - 5 Scattered Clouds: Creativity in the Translation Process

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ÁLVARO MARÍN GARCÍA

5 Scattered Clouds: Creativity in the Translation Process

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This chapter goes through relevant works on creativity and automatization in psychology, linguistics and Translation Process Research in an attempt to provide valid research questions and hypotheses to investigate creativity in translation. If we assume that creativity is a resource demanding attention and effort, then we must describe the influence, either positive or negative, of environmental, psychological and physical factors in the translator’s mental load. Given that the relationship between attentional problem solving and automatization is linked to expert behaviour, it is also important to analyse how creative problem solving and expertise development intersect. This chapter proposes a revision of the concept of creativity, useful for cognitive models of the translation process, as a higher order cognitive phenomenon built on experience and underpinned on the environment.

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