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Translation Technologies and Accessibility in the Human-Machine Era

Presented atLITHME Language Rights Working Group Workshop, Cost Action (CA19102) - Language in the Human-Machine Era - Workshop Series, Virtual event, 08.03.2022
Publication date2022-03-08
Presentation date2022-03-08
Abstract

Translation technologies and user- (and Human-Computer Interaction-) oriented translation competences can contribute to shaping inclusion-aware communication practices, as well as to assisting translation professionals in becoming accessibility advocates and enablers. Within the translation and accessibility arena, the research community has fundamentally focused on issues surrounding multimedia access, with subtitling, audio description, respeaking or sign language as main areas of study. The use of translation technologies, while undeniably pervasive in the translation profession, has only been discussed in relation to these fields to a certain extent, and very rarely in the context of other practices of communicative inclusion. These may include, among others, web accessibility or Easy Language (EL), which can be considered forms of intralingual and intersemiotic translation also requiring or allowing for interlingual translation. In our talk, we will provide an overview of the most recent work done on the role of controlled language software, standards and Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools in ensuring multilingual web accessibility, and we will discuss the potential of Machine Translation (MT) for EL content production. We will also explain why multilingual digital accessibility can be particularly important in crisis scenarios.

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Keywords
  • Translation technologies
  • Digital accessibility
  • Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Crisis translation
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RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ, Silvia, TORRES DEL REY, Jesús. Translation Technologies and Accessibility in the Human-Machine Era. In: LITHME Language Rights Working Group Workshop. Virtual event. 2022.
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