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ERIC Number: EJ907988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Translation Ambiguity in and out of Context
Prior, Anat; Wintner, Shuly; MacWhinney, Brian; Lavie, Alon
Applied Psycholinguistics, v32 n1 p93-111 2011
We compare translations of single words, made by bilingual speakers in a laboratory setting, with contextualized translation choices of the same items, made by professional translators and extracted from parallel language corpora. The translation choices in both cases show moderate convergence, demonstrating that decontextualized translation probabilities partially reflect bilinguals' life experience regarding the conditional distributions of alternative translations. Lexical attributes of the target word differ in their ability to predict translation probability: form similarity is a stronger predictor in decontextualized translation choice, whereas word frequency and semantic salience are stronger predictors for context-embedded translation choice. These findings establish the utility of parallel language corpora as important tools in psycholinguistic investigations of bilingual language processing. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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