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Long Distance Revisions in Drafting and Post-editing

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This paper investigates properties of translation processes,as observed in the translation behaviour of student and professionaltranslators. The translation process can be divided into a gisting, draftingand post-editing phase. We find that student translators have longergisting phases whereas professional translators have longer post-editingphases. Long-distance revisions, which would typically be expected duringpost-editing, occur to the same extent during drafting as duringpost-editing. Further, both groups of translators seem to face the sametranslation problems. We suggest how those findings might be taken intoaccount in the design of computer assisted translation tools.

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Michael Carl, Martin Kay, Kristian T. H. Jensen

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