Cognitive translation studies
The work of cognitive translation scholars, while motivated by questions about translational phenomena, necessarily engages with theoretical developments in the disciplines of psycholinguistics, bilingualism, psychology, cognitive science, and second language acquisition. Developments internal to these disciplines, as for instance models of bilingual semantic/conceptual representation, impact directly on our understanding of the findings of corpus-based translation studies. The paper focuses on the implications of models of bilingual semantic/conceptual representation for understanding corpus-based translational phenomena and concepts such as over-representation, under-representation, and the gravitational pull hypothesis. The use of combined experimental and corpus-based methodologies is discussed as a mechanism to understand the patterns found in translational corpora from a cognitive perspective.