Individuals who feel they are fluent in a foreign language often believe that they perceive texts, movies or TV shows in that language the same way as a native speaker. This is usually wrong and the real problem is that those individuals are unlikely to ever find out that it is so. Comprehension of foreign discourse is a part of the recipient’s overall linguistic-cultural system and the lack of cultural connotations makes it impossible to absorb all dimensions of the text. More…
I came across a blog post published on Sarah Dillon’s site:
“Some of the best translators I know don’t have a degree in translation, so they are certainly not a requirement to becoming a translator. However, an increasing number of newcomers to the profession are opting to pursue a formal (usually postgraduate) qualification in the field.”
It is an interesting point. Does a degree in translation help developing a career, get a steady flow of freelance work or become a good translator? More…
Kit M., Kit D. On Development of “Smart” Dictionaries. Cognitive Studies / Ètudes Cognitives 12, SOW Publishing House, Warsaw. The paper discusses the need for development of intelligent dictionaries that allow for two-way interaction with its users. Theoretical ground for such development is suggested. Practical implementation as LexSite lexical resource is shown, concepts for further improvement of the efficiency are proposed.
Berg Е., Kit M. On state regulations for linguistic expert reviews of regulatory instruments. Prospects for the Development of Modern Philology. Proceeds of International Scientific Conference. Petrozavodstk, 2012. P.59-63. The paper discusses the need of implementation of state regulations for linguistic evaluation of regulatory documents and ways to approach this problem.
Berg E.B., Kit M.S. On control of linguistic quality of legal documents. Proceeds of the III International Science and Practice Conference “Philology and Linguistics: current Trends and Research Outlook”. Krasnodar, 2012. P.153-154.
Berg E.B., Kit M.S.Dictionary as a translator’s tool. Proceeds of International Conference “Text, Culture, Translation”, May 23-25 of 2012., Riga, Latvia, 2012. P.15-23. The paper describes features of cross-language dictionaries in the context of contemporary requirements to translation. Feasibility of measurement of various parameters of dictionaries and the need for that are discussed.
Kit M. Con Text or on the role of context in translation. Proceeds of the International Conference “Text, Culture, Translation” , May 23-25 of 2012 . Riga, Latvia, 2012. P.109-115. This paper discusses the impact of context on text translation process and describes the effect of the context on translator’s mental mechanism.
Kit M. On translation quality regulations. Lingua Mobilis. 2012. – №1(34). – С.116-133. Given the intensity of the multilingual information flow the problem of translation quality regulation becomes acute and pressing. The paper discusses translation current quality standards and their features. It presents conclusions on translation regulations.
Kit M.On Application of Text Redundancy for Improvement of Translation Process Efficiency. RGGU Gerald (Вестник РГГУ) № 11, Vol 13; Series. Linguistics. Moscow: RGGU, 2011. p.196 – 208. Translation of texts can be made less labor-consuming and more consistent through the use of text segments redundancy. This paper discusses studies of statistical distributions in texts of informational/technical nature. Statistical analysis conducted on large sets of heterogeneous documents revealed patterns in the distributions of texts volumes and redundancies.
Kit M.On High-Performance Online Dictionaries. LexSite Dictionary Development Example. RGGU Gerald (Вестник РГГУ) № 9, Vol. 12. Series Linguistics. Moscow, RGGU, 2010 . P.151. State-of-the-art translation technologies require highly-efficient lexical resources while the existing online dictionaries do not meet this requirement. The paper shows results of a benchmark of the English-Russian dictionaries available online, indicating the need for development of more efficient dictionaries and improvement of relevance of the dictionary response to the user’s queries.
Kit M. Building a Platform for Experimental Development of Online Dictionaries. Proceeds of International Conference MegaLing2011. Kiev, 2012. P.191-200. Тhе paper discusses advantages and shortcomings of the existiпg online dictionaries. User query timeline is described with identification of sources of time losses in the timeline. An approach to development of smart dictionaries based on users’ queries is proposed. А multilevel structure of user queries is showп to Ье used for analysis of the queries.
Kit M. On Problems of Cross-Language Communications Management in International Projects. Modern Problems in Science and Education (Современные проблемы науки и образования), 2012, No.6 The paper discusses project cross-language communications management issues. The standard project communications model is described and its deficiencies as applied to international projects are demonstrated. Critical importance of written cross-language communications (WCLC) is emphasized. Extended model is suggested, applicable to both monolingual and multilingual projects. http://www.science-education.ru/106-7393
Kit M. Translation Industry Today: The Environment, Trends and Development Concepts. The Concepts of Social and Economical Development of Enterprises, Industries and Complexes. Book. 1 : monograph / А.S. Sadulova, А.М. Syrkin, H.H. Akhmadova et al. Krasnoyarsk, The Center for Science and Innovation, 2012. P.144-166. Provides comprehensive review and analysis of the current state of the translation sector with conclusions on the industry potential and apparent trends.
Berg D.B., Kit M.S. Configurations of Cross-Language Communications Network in International Projects. Proceeds of the VI International Science and Practice Conference “Integration of Russia in the World Economy”. Part 1. Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, 2012. P.252-258. The paper discusses types of cross-language communications (CLC) networks utilized in international projects. Advantages and shortcomings of each network configuration identified, the need for redundant network nodes is discussed. Suggestions made for selection of appropriate network configuration.
Berg D.B., Kit M.S. Principles of Node Management in Cross-Language Communications Networks. Fundamental Research No.1 (Part 3), 2013, P. 682-686. This paper discussed problems encountered when managing nodes of Cross-Language Communications (CLC) networks that develop in international projects. Functional diagrams of CLC channels and networks are shown. Nodes as elements of the CLC infrastructure are described. The paper describes computation of time required for message processing in the nodes and the node processing capacity.
Kit M., Koseska V. The Problem of Interdisciplinary Gaps in Linguistics. Proceeds of the International Conference MegaLing2011. Kiev, 2012. P.198-209. The discussion between the authors of the pаper is about the most pressing issues encountered in semantics of natural languages as well as in corpus and computational linguistics. A broad range of knowledge is required in these areas, enabling linguists and information scientists work together. The paper describes some primary problems of human and machine translation.
Kit M. Multilevel Approach to Cross-language Communications Management. Proceeds of the III International Conference Social and Economic Development of the Modern Society in Time of Reforms. Saratov, 2012. p.119.The paper describes an approach to cross-language communications management based on a multi-tier model of project communication system.
Berg E. Kit M. On Quality of Cross-Language Communications. International science and practice conference Young People in the Post-Industrial Society The problem of cross-language communications quality assurance and evaluation is discussed. The paper elaborates difficulties caused by differences in perception of the source text when transferring into another linguistic-cultural environment.
Kit M. Simulation of Cross-Language Communication Management Systems. Modern Problems in Science and Education, No.3, 2013. The paper discusses simulation of Cross-Language Communication Management (CLCM), which is a part of international project management system. The need for development and modeling of the management system is shown and a multi-level approach to CLCM study and control is proposed. The objectives of CLCM is defined. The hierarchy of CLCM is shown, as well as controlling and controlled entities in network, node and subnodal levels of the system. The management model is shown to be composed of network, subscribers, linkage and message flow models, as well as network and node controllers.
Mark Kit, Violetta Koseska-Toszewa. Dialog Between a Lexicographer and a Translator. Cognitive Studies / Ètudes Cognitives 13, SOW Publishing House, Warsaw 2013. The discussion between the authors of the paper concerns the most pressing issues encountered in natural language semantics, as as well as in corpus linguistics and computational linguistics.
Web-based application and data suit LexSite is designed for translators, specialists, linguists, teachers, students and other users who has to deal with cross-language communications.
Studies conducted at Language Interface Inc. suggest that in average the actual performance of translators is 74% lower than their potential performance (see details in a paper by Mark Kit in Moscow Journal of Linguistics, vol.12, 2010.. Further, our studies More…
Course Best Practices in Translation was held in Ekaterinburg this summer. The course was attended by teachers from the Department of Foreign Language of the Ural Federal University. The curriculum included translation industry outlook, pressing problems that translators face, regulations in the industry, emotional aspect in translation. The primary focus of the course is on practical training in technical translation.