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The evolution of translation tools over five decades has mirrored a rapid growth in demand from different groups of end-users for translation services. In this book, the changes that have occurred are discussed, ranging from developments in the more familiar tools such as machine translation systems to other types of translation tools and resources now available and of help to professional translators as well as to occasional translation producers. The degree to which the localization industry has benefited from improvements in translation tools is also discussed. Chiew Kin Quah further explores the relationships between technology and translation theory, unearthing the reasons why the two are often viewed as distinct areas of research in spite of both being concerned with translation. Intended as an introduction to the world of translation and technology for upper-level undergraduates and Masters students, the book provides an overview of the technology used in the modern translation industry, as well as of current developments and future directions. The book will be of interest also to professional translators interested in refreshing their knowledge and expertise by exploring a rapidly growing field.


Description

The evolution of translation tools over five decades has mirrored a rapid growth in demand from different groups of end-users for translation services. In this book, the changes that have occurred are discussed, ranging from developments in the more familiar tools such as machine translation systems to other types of translation tools and resources now available and of help to professional translators as well as to occasional translation producers. The degree to which the localization industry has benefited from improvements in translation tools is also discussed. Chiew Kin Quah further explores the relationships between technology and translation theory, unearthing the reasons why the two are often viewed as distinct areas of research in spite of both being concerned with translation. Intended as an introduction to the world of translation and technology for upper-level undergraduates and Masters students, the book provides an overview of the technology used in the modern translation industry, as well as of current developments and future directions. The book will be of interest also to professional translators interested in refreshing their knowledge and expertise by exploring a rapidly growing field.


Reviews

'A clear and comprehensive introduction to a complex and fast-moving field which is central to the activity of translation in the 21st century. This up-to-date account is required reading for trainees, practitioners and theorists.' - Professor Jenny Williams, Head of the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland

'...a most welcome addition to the available literature...this is an excellent introduction to the use of computers for students of translation, which will also be of use to many of their teachers who do not have a strong computational background.' - Pius Ten Hacken, Modern Language Review


Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
Series Editors' Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Definition of Terms
Translation Studies and Translation Technology
Machine Translation Systems
Computer-aided Translation Tools and Resources
Evaluating Translation Tools
Recent Developments and Future Directions
Translation Types Revisited
Conclusion
Appendices
References
Indexes


Authors

CHIEW KIN QUAH is a Professional Technical Translator. She has taught and designed courses in translation at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has worked as a consultant on multilingual machine translation, and as a researcher on a major speech-to-text project.