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Effect of Perceived Translation Difficulty on the Allocation of Cognitive Resources Between Translating and Consultation: An Eye-Tracking and Screen-Recording Study

Cui, Yixiao; Zheng, Binghan

Authors

Yixiao Cui



Contributors

Caiwen Wang
Editor

Abstract

This chapter investigates whether and how an increase in perceived translation difficulty would affect student translators’ allocation of cognitive resources between translating and consultation, using eye-tracking and screen-recording data. To this aim, we conducted an experiment in which 38 MA translation students were recruited to translate two 100-word texts from English (L2) into Chinese (L1), with their translating and consultation processes being recorded by an eye-tracker. Our observation of the data reveals three major findings: 1) when student translators perceive an increase in translation difficulty, they allocate more time to consultation, which accounts for a larger proportion of the entire translation process; 2) when translating a difficult text, they consult more types of online resources to fulfil the increased information need; and 3) they tend to conduct more transitions between translating and consultation.

Citation

Cui, Y., & Zheng, B. (2021). Effect of Perceived Translation Difficulty on the Allocation of Cognitive Resources Between Translating and Consultation: An Eye-Tracking and Screen-Recording Study. In C. Wang, & B. Zheng (Eds.), Empirical Studies of Translation and Interpreting: The Post-Structuralist Approach (51-73). Routledge

Online Publication Date May 31, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jan 28, 2022
Publisher Routledge
Pages 51-73
Series Title Routledge Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies
Edition 1st ed.
Book Title Empirical Studies of Translation and Interpreting: The Post-Structuralist Approach
Chapter Number 3
Publisher URL https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003017400-6/effect-perceived-translation-difficulty-allocation-cognitive-resources-translating-consultation-yixiao-cui-binghan-zheng