TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSLATION: AREAS OF CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE BETWEEN MACHINE TRANSLATION AND COMPUTER-ASSISTED TRANSLATION

PUBLISHED: June 2018

Author: SAMSON FABIAN NZUANKE & CHINAKA UCHECHI NGOZI

University of Calabar

Abstract

The global translation industry has been transformed by technological advancement whose objective is to facilitate the work of translators. Though the translation industry in Nigeria has grown over time and come under the concomitant influence of this technological advancement, many translators based in Nigeria, as shown in an earlier study by Nzuanke and Uchechi Chinaka (2018), are still not conversant with the workings of these recent translation tools. This study, anchored on Computational Linguistics (CL), uses secondary data to describe technological tools needed in translation and explain the difference between Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) and Machine Translation (MT). It presents a practical example of the workings of MT (Google Translate and Reverso) and Computer-Assisted human translation not only in a bid to introduce state-of-the-art translation tools that translators in Nigeria may need to do their job more effectively and efficiently, but also to sensitize the latter to the need to embrace the new translation tools. The study is expected to edify translators generally on the usefulness of recent translation tools in the exercise of their profession.

 

Keywords: Computational Linguistics, Technology, Machine Translation, Computer-Assisted Translation

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