Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Open seminars in Translation Studies, January 2012

All seminars should be available live (with good sound and bad image) at 

Thursday January 12, 11.15 - 13.00 CET

Fabio Alves (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Triangulating quantitative and qualitative methods in translation process research: retrospection as a case in point

The seminar will be in English.

In general, studies involving eye-tracking input in translation have used quantitative methods to analyse process data. This, however, sheds very little light on problem-solving and decision-making strategies. At LETRA, we propose instead a qualitative approach using retrospective protocols recorded in conjunction with an eye tracker. By mapping retrospections onto gaze plots we hope to see if subjects fixate their gaze on the stretches of source/target text which they actually report. This, we believe, would be an indicator of higher levels of metacognitive activity (usually associated with expertise in translation) and corroborate Just and Carpenter's eye-mind assumption.

Biographical note

Fabio Alves is Full Professor of Translation Studies and a member of LETRA, the Laboratory for Experimentation in Translation, at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). He holds a PhD from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, with a process-oriented study of cognitive differences and similarities observed among Brazilian and Portuguese translators. He was President of ABRAPT, the Brazilian Association of Translation Researchers, from 2005 to 2007 and President of ANPOLL, the Brazilian Association of Graduate Programmes in Linguistics and Literature from 2008 to 2010. He has been a visiting professor to Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Copenhagen Business School, Universität des Saarlandes, and Macau University. His current research focuses primarily on the empirical-experimental investigation of the translation process as well as on the development of expertise in translation. His publications include articles in Meta, Across Language and Cultures, Journal of Translation Studies, TradTerm and Cadernos de Tradução, as well as book chapters in Routledge and John Benjamins series.

He is currently Visiting Scholar at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

All seminars are open to the general public. They will be in the Sala de Graus, Ave. Catalunya 35, Tarragona.

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