Quality and translation process research

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In translation studies, translation quality tends to be discussed in terms of the quality of the products only. Abdallah (2007) suggests adopting a multidimensional concept of total quality consisting of product quality, process quality and social quality. The aim of this paper is to describe and discuss the three dimensions of quality from the point of view of translation process research. Looking at different kinds of quality may offer explanations to such unexpected findings as translation students outperforming professional translators in experimental conditions. The three dimensions of quality also comply with the recent suggestions of investigating the translation process as “extended translation” (Risku & Windhager 2013) or embodied and situated cognition (Muñoz 2010).


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