Exploring translations for the translation class

Welcome to an experimental website for the visualization of parallel translations!

On these pages we develop some ideas for presenting parallel translations in the context of a translation class. Ideally the translations to be presented should be produced by the students themselves, so that they and the teacher could compare and discuss them in class. Here, however, we use four excerpts from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina for illustration.

To enable comparisons all translations must be aligned with the source text. Ideally, the alignment should be available at different levels of granularity, from the section to the word via the sentence. In the examples, the sentence alignment has been checked for correctness, while the word alignment has been produced automatically, and so far been replaced with a manual alignment only for the first excerpt (the very first sentence of the source text).

In addition to what is shown now, we experiment with pages for correction and updating of alignments.

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We welcome comments and suggestions. Please send a mail to Lars Ahrenberg.


Ahrenberg, Lars and Tarvi, Ljuba (2013) Natural Language Processing for the Translation Class. Proceedings of the second workshop on NLP for computer-assisted language learning at NODALIDA 2013 (May 22, Oslo). NEALT Proceedings Series 17 / Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 86: 1–10

Tarvi, Ljuba and Ahrenberg, Lars (in prep.) Translation Class Instruction as Collaboration in the Act of Translation. Paper to be presented at the 7th EST Conference, Germersheim, Germany, August 29 - September 1st.

Tarvi, Ljuba (2004). Translation Comparative Assessment: Quantifying Quality. Helsinki University Press.