The development of the TPR-DB as Grounded Theory Method
Initial versions of the translation process research database (TPR-DB), were released around 2011 in an attempt to integrate
translation process data from several until then individually collected and scattered translation research projects. While the
earlier individual studies had a clear focus on quantitative assessment of well-defined research questions on
cognitive processes in human translation production, the integration of the data into the TPR-DB allowed for broader
qualitative and exploratory research which has led to new codes, categories and research themes. In a
constant effort to develop and refine the emerging concepts and categories and to validate the developing theories, the TPR-DB has
been extended with further translation studies in different languages and translation modes. In this respect, it shares many
features with Grounded Theory Method. This method was discovered in 1967 and used in qualitative research in
social science ad many other research areas. We analyze the TPR-DB development as a Grounded Theory Method.
Keywords: postediting and revision, translation, longitudinal studies, introspection, grounded theory method, monitor model, process model
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