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Title: Of Minds And Men - Computers And Translators
Authors: Munoz Martin, Ricardo 
UNESCO Clasification: 570112 Traducción
Keywords: Cognitive translatology
Equivalence
Mind-As-computer metaphor
Monitor model
Translation quality assessment
Issue Date: 2016
Journal: Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics 
Abstract: Translation process research (TPR) efforts seem at times unconcerned with the theoretical foundations they need to interpret their results. A pervasive theoretical approach within TPR has been the mind-As-computer view. This approach has fostered both mechanistic and functional explanations of the translation process, including semantic notions of meaning, unrealistic constructs of the mental lexicon, and reified notions of equivalence. Some consequences of the approach are illustrated with discussions in the realm of translation quality assessment (automated and combined metrics, rubrics based on error categorization, and the impact of human variables and factors) and the monitor model hypothesis and its recent developments. Alternative approaches that draw from 4EA cognition are sketched that suggest that meaning is encyclopedic; that it is a process that cannot be measured; that the mental lexicon is only an abstraction of a part of (world-) knowledge; and that the tendency to choose default translations follows from the very structure of the brain/mind and the minimax principle.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/52492
ISSN: 0137-2459
DOI: 10.1515/psicl-2016-0013
Source: Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics[ISSN 0137-2459],v. 52, p. 351-381
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