Article published in:Translation Practice in the Field: Current research on socio-cognitive processes
Edited by Hanna Risku, Regina Rogl and Jelena Milosevic
[Benjamins Current Topics 105] 2019
► pp. 79–103
Investigating the cognitive ergonomic aspects of translation tools in a workplace setting
This paper reports on an empirical study that investigates the translation process in the workplace from a cognitive ergonomic perspective. In particular, the interaction between ten translators employed by a language service provider and the tools they deploy are examined. To that end, we recorded the translators’ workplace activities using keystroke logging, screen recording and eye tracking, combined with short retrospective interviews. We analysed their behaviour in terms of how they switched between the two screens on their desks, how they used different tools and where they invested their visual attention. Data related to productivity and quality are also presented. Among other findings, our data reveal that validation searches for terms and general expressions lead to considerable tool and task switching among professional translators.
Keywords: translation technology, CAT tools, memoQ, cognitive ergonomics, human-computer interaction, terminology search, workplace study, eye tracking
- 1.1Cognitive ergonomics
- 1.2Workplace studies
- 1.3CAT tools
- 1.4Expected contribution
- 2.Study setup
- 2.2Translation tasks
- 2.3The translation tool
- 3.Data collection and processing
- 4.Results and analyses
- 4.1Basic hardware and software
- 4.2Use of tools
- 4.3Consultation of information resources
- 4.4Use of screens
- 4.5Gaze behaviour
- 4.6Productivity and quality
- 5.Discussion and conclusion
Published online: 07 August 2019
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