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Evaluation and revision of translation-mediated communication in a multilingual electronic meeting

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  • Milam Aiken
  • Bidyut Hazarika

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This article examines how round-trip translations can be used to increase the accuracy of multilingual electronic meetings. An experiment was conducted in which five groups of students typed comments in English about the parking problem on campus and evaluated back translations to estimate forward translation accuracies from English to German and Spanish. Results showed that forward translations to German and Spanish met the groups' minimum standards for comprehension. In addition, group members thought the meeting system was easy-to-use and useful, but they were unlikely to make comment revisions, even with poor understanding of back translations.

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  • Milam Aiken & Bidyut Hazarika, 2012. "Evaluation and revision of translation-mediated communication in a multilingual electronic meeting," International Journal of Business and Systems Research, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 6(4), pages 379-394.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijbsre:v:6:y:2012:i:4:p:379-394
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