Translations| The Impact of Translation Technologies on the Process and Product of Translation

Stephen Doherty


Technological advances have led to unprecedented changes in translation as a means of interlingual communication. This article discusses the impact of two major technological developments of contemporary translation: computer-assisted translation tools and machine translation. These technologies have increased productivity and quality in translation, supported international communication, and demonstrated the growing need for innovative technological solutions to the age-old problem of the language barrier. However, these tools also represent significant challenges and uncertainties for the translation profession and the industry. In highlighting the need for increased awareness and technological competencies, I propose that these challenges can be overcome and translation technologies will become even more integral in interlingual communication.


Translation technology, machine translation, international communication, globalization, localization, translation studies

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