Mark my keywords: A translator-specific exploration of style in literary machine translation

Marion Winters*, Dorothy Kenny

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This chapter presents a keyword analysis of a novel post-edited by the internationally acclaimed translator Hans-Christian Oeser. The novel, Christopher Isherwood's The World in the Evening, was first machine-translated into German using DeepL and then post-edited by Oeser. The analysis identifies words that are key in Oeser's post-edited text compared to the machine-translated version. It goes on to investigate whether these keywords are characteristic of Oeser's broader translation work and of German literary fiction in general. The chapter concludes that specific edits Oeser makes can be construed as an assertion of his translatorial style and hence constitute an instance of downstream translator-specific personalisation in literary machine translation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Assisted Literary Translation
EditorsAndrew Rothwell, Andy Way, Roy Youdale
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781003357391
ISBN (Print)9781032413006
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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