Lexicogrammatic translationese across two targets and competence levels

Maria Kunilovskaya, Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski


Abstract
This research employs genre-comparable data from a number of parallel and comparable corpora to explore the specificity of translations from English into German and Russian produced by students and professional translators. We introduce an elaborate set of human-interpretable lexicogrammatic translationese indicators and calculate the amount of translationese manifested in the data for each target language and translation variety. By placing translations into the same feature space as their sources and the genre-comparable non-translated reference texts in the target language, we observe two separate translationese effects: a shift of translations into the gap between the two languages and a shift away from either language. These trends are linked to the features that contribute to each of the effects. Finally, we compare the translation varieties and find out that the professionalism levels seem to have some correlation with the amount and types of translationese detected, while each language pair demonstrates a specific socio-linguistically determined combination of the translationese effects.
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2020.lrec-1.505
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Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
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May
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2020
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Marseille, France
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COLING | LREC
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European Language Resources Association
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4102–4112
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English
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