Download IATE as a Resource for Teaching Names in the Translation and Interpreting Classroom


Proper names are a minoritarian yet fairly controversial topic in translation and interpreting literature. Some authors believe that they have been traditionally disregarded, becoming «one of translation’s coziest fortresses» (Albin, 2003); however, a number of prominent translation and interpreting scholars have explicitly studied proper names (Hermans, 1988; Moya Jiménez, 2001; Nord, 2003), and a stream of recent publications underline the challenge they represent in fields as varied as biomedicine (Cariello et al., 2021), literature (Jouini, 2020; Sarmaşık, 2022) and the law (Tang, 2021), among others. This paper proposes the integration of terminology databases and onomastics for interpreter and translator training. We will adopt a constructionist approach (cf. Goldberg, 1995). The download functionality of the terminology management system IATE is employed to extract a reliable English-Spanish dataset of 3,997 organization names, which is first analyzed in a quantitative-qualitative manner, and then exploited to design three templates (easy, medium, and advanced) aimed at bilingual naming practice. Results show a generally rich and robust dataset, with 96% cascading domain names, 66% marked as very reliable and only 8% as deprecated or obsolete. By contrast, most names (75%) were labelled as terms, which shows no consideration for their onymic nature and small or no relevance of other specialized knowledge representations (abbreviations, phrases, short terms, and non-linguistic forms). The proposed templates extensively develop a Goldbergian-style notation system for construction, and their flexibility and replicability make them a good candidate for automatization and/or combination with documentation resources and NLP-based tools throughout the learning process.
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Author Biographies

Fernando Sánchez Rodas

Universidad de Málaga
BA in Translation and Interpreting (English and German) from the University of Cordoba. MA in Audiovisual Translation: Localisation, Subtitling, and Dubbing (English and German) from the ISTRAD/University of Cadiz. MA in English/French/German – Spanish Specialised Translation (legal and financial) from the University of Cordoba. During 2017, he worked as a trainee translator in the Spanish Translation Unit of the European Parliament in Luxembourg. He is also experienced in the field of Spanish as a foreign language, where he holds an Expert Title in Teaching Methodology of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Cordoba. In addition, he was Language Assistant of Spanish at the BG/BRG/BORG Kapfenberg and HLW Krieglach schools in Austria (2016-2017). Right now, he is an English teacher at the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Malaga, and a Trainee Researcher with a Formación del Profesorado Universitario (FPU) contract awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. His tasks include writing his PhD thesis under the direction of Prof. Corpas Pastor and collaborating in the research projects of Lexytrad, such as VIP (FFI2016-75831-P).

Gloria Corpas Pastor

Universidad de Málaga, University of Wolverhampton
BA in German Philology (English) from the University of Malaga. PhD in English Philology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1994). Visiting Professor in Translation Technology at the Research Institute in Information and Language Processing (RIILP) of the University of Wolverhampton, UK (since 2007), honorary Adjunct Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China (since 2020), and Professor in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Malaga, Spain (since 2008). Published and cited extensively, member of several international and national editorial and scientific committees. Spanish delegate for AEN/CTN 174 and CEN/BTTF 138, actively involved in the development of the UNE-EN 15038:2006 and currently involved in the future ISO Standard (ISO TC37/SC2-WG6 "Translation and Interpreting"), where she is in charge of ISO/AWI 20539 (Translation, interpreting and related technology – Vocabulary) and ISO/DIS 18841 (Interpreting services – General requirements and recommendations). Extensive experience in evaluation programmes (institutional evaluation, verification, monitoring, accreditation). President of the Evaluation and Verification Commission (Arts and Humanities) at Fundación para el Conocimiento Madri+d, President of the Evaluation Committee (the Arts and Humanities) at ACCUEE, member of the specific committee for doctorate programmes at AQU and member of the Echegaray Committee (Arts and Humanities) of the Community of Madrid. Evaluator for ANECA and other evaluation agencies (AQU, ACCUEE, DEVA). She also collaborates regularly as evaluator for the Spanish Ministry in various R&D and youth employment programmes. She has recently been awarded the “2017 Farola Award” in the field of New Technologies, given by the Andalusian Women’s Institute, Junta de Andalucía, and the Certificate of Commendation-Saint Francis Prize in Techno-Humanities 2022, given by the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Hong Kong. President of AIETI (Iberian Association of Translation and Interpreting Studies, 2015-2017), Vice-President of AMIT-A (Association of Women in Science and Technology of Andalusia, 2014-2017), and Director of the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Malaga (2016-2021), she is currently Board member and member of the Advisory council of EUROPHRAS (European Society of Phraseology) and member of the Scientific council of AIETI. In addition, she belongs as a life member to the Presidential Committee of AIETI, which is an advisory body of the association.