Russian journal of linguistics: Vestnik RUDN (Dec 2016)

From Function to System: Advances in Choosing a Matrix Structure of the Translation Process

  • Irina N Remkhe,
  • Liliya A Nefedova,
  • David C Gillespie

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 20, no. 3
pp. 230 – 242


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This article presents the authors’ view on the transition towards a new paradigm in the study of the translation process based on synergy, collaboration, networking and the cognitive structure of the translator’s mind. In the search for a hypothetical cognitive model of translation, a matrix model is represented to further enrich the interdisciplinary platform through understanding the conglomerate of the many sources involved in the act of translation and focusing on the role of the individual human being in translational cognition. The Map-Matrix Model comprises three levels of the translator’s mental space: Neurological, Representational and Conceptual. Each level corresponds to the inheritance relations between mapping patterns, clusters and frames. The model will be presented and interrogated through the results of a practical Think-aloud protocols experiment in order to give a better insight into the translation efficiency in terms of information processing and a clearer assumption of the feasibility of the concept.