A short guide to post-editing

Jean Nitzke   Silvia Hansen-Schirra  


Artificial intelligence is changing and will continue to change the world we live in. These changes are also influencing the translation market. Machine translation (MT) systems automatically transfer one language to another within seconds. However, MT systems are very often still not capable of producing perfect translations. To achieve high quality translations, the MT output first has to be corrected by a professional translator. This procedure is called post-editing (PE). PE has become an established task on the professional translation market. The aim of this text book is to provide basic knowledge about the most relevant topics in professional PE. The text book comprises ten chapters on both theoretical and practical aspects including topics like MT approaches and development, guidelines, integration into CAT tools, risks in PE, data security, practical decisions in the PE process, competences for PE, and new job profiles.



Jean Nitzke, University of Agder

Jean Nitzke is Associate Professor in translation with a focus on translation technology at the University of Agder, Norway. She has been a PhD student/PostDoc, teacher and researcher at the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies of the at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz from 2012 to 2021. Her main research interests are post-editing, translation process research, and translation technologies.

Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germersheim

Silvia Hansen-Schirra is Professor for English Linguistics and Translation Studies and Director of the Translation & Cognition (Tra&Co) Center, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germersheim. She is the co-editor of the book series "Translation and Multilingual Natural Language Processing" and “Easy – Plain – Accessible”. Her research interests include machine translation, accessible communication and translation process research.

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July 15, 2021
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Nitzke, Jean & Hansen-Schirra, Silvia. 2021. A short guide to post-editing. (Translation and Multilingual Natural Language Processing 16). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5646896


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