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A Critical Look at Discourses on Machine Translation

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2018, 19(1), pp.119-145
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2018.19.1.005
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : February 2, 2018
  • Accepted : March 20, 2018
  • Published : March 31, 2018

Song Yonsuk 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Machine translation (MT) has recently received much attention both in academia and industry, but the current discourse on MT and its impact on professional translators has been predominantly driven by the local media, which is often criticized for sensationalism and commercialism. This paper aims to critically examine the media-led discourses on MT by reviewing the latest studies on neural MT and comparing the views on translation held by researchers of translation studies (TS) and MT. The paper sets out to explore the differences between TS and MT in how they model a communication process and view the notion of ‘meaning’ and ‘context.’ It then examines the validity of BLEU, a popular MT evaluation metric. Finally, the paper discusses the problems of implementing the technology from a commercialization perspective and provides implications for translator training.

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