Can experimental translation studies offer something to practising translators?
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Original versionSYNAPS - A Journal of Professional Communication 22(2008) pp.35-41
This paper looks at the potential implications of experimental translation research to practising translators. The paper begins by a short introduction of the methods used in data elicitation. Some of the findings of experimental studies are then discussed, with a focus on the findings which appear to have something to offer practitioners. These include evidence showing that translating does not occur automatically even by professional translators. More importantly, some recent studies indicate that expert translators‟ processing exhibits features similar to expert processing in other fields, which could be used to raise the profession‟s profile and to boost the field‟s image.