Paper: Translationese and Its Dialects

ACL ID P11-1132
Title Translationese and Its Dialects
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2011

While it is has often been observed that the product of translation is somehow different than non-translated text, scholars have empha- sized two distinct bases for such differences. Some have noted interference from the source language spilling over into translation in a source-language-specific way, while others have noted general effects of the process of translation that are independent of source lan- guage. Using a series of text categorization experiments, we show that both these effects exist and that, moreover, there is a continuum between them. There are many effects of translation that are consistent among texts translated from a given source language, some of which are consistent even among texts translated from families of source languages. Significantly, we fin...