Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting
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An Eye-Tracking Study of Equivalent Effect in Translation

The Reader Experience of Literary Style

Authors: Walker, Callum

  • Presents a mixed-methods approach to investigating the notion of 'equivalent effect' in translation studies
  • Establishes a critical link between stylistic notions of foregrounding, eye movements and cognitive effort
  • Discusses the proposed notion of 'cognitive equivalence' as a sub-strand of the equivalence paradigm
  • Demonstrates the applicability of the proposed method through a case study example of a translated text
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About this book

This book provides a detailed example of an eye-tracking method for comparing the reading experience of a literary source text readers with readers of a translation at stylistically marked points. Drawing on principles, methods and inspiration from fields including translation studies, cognitive psychology, and language and literary studies, the author proposes an empirical method to investigate the notion of stylistic foregrounding, with 'style' understood as the distinctive manner of expression in a particular text. The book employs Raymond Queneau’s Zazie dans le métro (1959) and its English translation Zazie in the Metro (1960) as a case study to demonstrate the proposed methods. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of translation studies, as well as those interested in literary reception, stylistics and related fields.

About the authors

Callum Walker is a lecturer in translation technology at the University of Leeds and an honorary research fellow at University College London. His research focuses on how biometric methods can be employed to gauge stylistic and phenomenological equivalence between a source text and its translation, with a particular focus on language varieties.

Reviews

“This book is an excellent, innovative contribution to Translation Studies. It fills a recognised lacuna in the empirical analysis of the effects of literary translation and the cognitive processing involved in readers’ reception of translations. Walker demonstrates in an exceptional way how eye tracking methodology can be rigorously applied to the analysis of translation stylistics. The book will serve as an essential reference work for scholars who wish to build knowledge and methodological know-how.” --Sharon O’Brien, Dublin City University, Ireland

“Walker’s work is a unique and stimulating contribution to the discipline and its future. He expertly brings together diverse and complementary literatures, approaches, and cutting-edge methods in a compelling study that provides valuable and unprecedented empirical evidence of cognitive equivalence and readers’ cognitive experience of style. This is a refreshing and inspiring read for experienced and new scholars alike.” --Stephen Doherty, University of New South Wales, Australia

“This book is a thoughtful and engaging attempt to develop a theoretically cogent and empirically innovative method for investigating readers’ experience of literary style. It brings a much needed reader-oriented perspective to cognitive translation studies, and its interdisciplinary synthesis of ideas and methods from different fields lays the groundwork for exciting new directions in cognitively oriented translation reception studies.” --Haidee Kotze, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-11

    Walker, Callum

  • The Cognitive Paradigm in Translation Studies

    Pages 13-69

    Walker, Callum

  • Style, Stylistics and the Literary Experience

    Pages 71-109

    Walker, Callum

  • The Psychology of Reading

    Pages 111-180

    Walker, Callum

  • Translating the Cognitive Experience

    Pages 181-213

    Walker, Callum

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Eye-Tracking Study of Equivalent Effect in Translation
Book Subtitle
The Reader Experience of Literary Style
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55769-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55769-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55768-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 408
Number of Illustrations
73 b/w illustrations
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