New Series, Vol. 1
Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Marcel Thelen, Gys-Walt van Egdom, Dirk Verbeeck and Łukasz Bogucki
The Influence of Machine Translation and Cat Tools on Creativity and Quality
Abstract: The translation business has undergone a huge transformation in recent decades. Information technology, translation memory software and the integration of machine translation technology in the last few years, has changed the way we work. This has affected both the way translators work and how much translation buyers are willing to pay for quality translation. The challenge facing the translation industry is to balance the three key factors in the process: quality, speed and price. Trainers should also reconsider academic strategies aimed at future translation professionals in order to adequately prepare them for this unstoppable evolution.
There is a perception that translation is slowly ceasing to be a service and has become a product dominated by the ability to upgrade technologically. We are already dealing with semi-automated translation, for which the translator only needs to “fill in the gaps” and edit the proposal generated by machine translation systems. The future will only accentuate this trend. There is a perception that quality and creativity are affected by this way of working. The pressure to deliver within increasingly tight deadlines and at shrinking prices may force us to prioritize content-transmission over stylistic or aesthetic considerations. This leads us to ask: does the use of machine translation and computer-assisted translation tools affect quality and creativity? Can we measure this influence? Is there an effective increase in productivity which justifies this new way of working? And, finally, are the effects on creativity and quality offset by the increase in productivity...
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