This empirical–experimental study focuses on the processing of metaphorical expressions in sight translation (STR), a particular branch of interpreting. In order to test whether linguistic metaphors pose cognitive challenges for sight translators, we designed a within-subject experiment with 30 undergraduate taking an intermediate-level interpreting course at a Chinese university. Three streams of data, namely processing times, translation quality assessments, questionnaires and retrospective interviews, were collected and analysed for triangulation purposes.<p>The results showed that metaphorical expressions took more time to process, and their presence resulted in more translation failures. In other words, the inclusion of linguistic metaphors slowed down the speed of production and compromised the quality of translation, meaning that the STR of metaphors requires more effort than for their literal counterparts.<p>The results also suggested that the extra effort was mainly invested in the reading phase, rather than in the production phase. The data revealed that mistranslations resulting from incomplete understanding, and the ensuing imbalance in the allocation of processing capacity between the reading and production tasks, far outnumbered those resulting from the failure to find appropriate target-language terms. By adopting STR as the vehicle for examining metaphorical expressions, this study also shed some light on how metaphors are processed in a bilingual environment.<p>
2021. Translating Chinese Neologisms Without Knowledge of Context: An Exploratory Analysis of an Eye-Tracking and Key-Logging Experiment. In Explorations in Empirical Translation Process Research [Machine Translation: Technologies and Applications, 3], ► pp. 315 ff.
Lai, Cheng-Ji & Li-You Chang
2023. The effects of students’ employment of translation principles and techniques on English-Chinese sight translation performance: An eye-tracking and interview study. Social Sciences & Humanities Open 8:1 ► pp. 100542 ff.
Lang, Yue & Defeng Li
2020. Cognitive Processing Routes of Culture-Specific Linguistic Metaphors in Simultaneous Interpreting. In Key Issues in Translation Studies in China [New Frontiers in Translation Studies, ], ► pp. 91 ff.
2021. Temporal Eye-Voice Span as a Dynamic Indicator for Cognitive Effort During Speech Processing: A Comparative Study of Reading Aloud and Sight Translation. In Advances in Cognitive Translation Studies [New Frontiers in Translation Studies, ], ► pp. 161 ff.
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