Exploring translation memory: a case study

Bates, Joseph (2011) Exploring translation memory: a case study. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation aims to establish the extent to which a translation memory system can operate successfully with general, non-technical texts. Starting with an in-depth exploration of technology in translation, this dissertation moves on to an examination of how translation memory works, what type of texts are most suited to the application of translation memory and which aspects of the texts are key to producing usable output. To assess the capability of the system, a small-scale experiment was carried out by aligning children’s testimonies taken from a non-governmental organisation’s project evaluation in both English and French and adding them to a translation memory using Atril software. The experiment was divided into two phases in order to establish any potential correlation between the size of the translation memory and its effectiveness. At each phase, the translation memory was tested both with and without a terminology database developed from terms common to all texts. It was expected that a greater number of better quality matches would be retrieved during the second phase, and that the terminology database would increase the number of matches.

    The properties of the translation memory and terminology database were analysed throughout the experiment. The results point to the need for short, repetitive sentence structures thereby appearing to support evidence that the most suitable texts for use with TM are those containing a high level of repetition such as revisions and updates. It has also been concluded that the terminology database plays a significant role in producing matches.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 17:11
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:41
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4326

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