Machine Translation

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 259–268 | Cite as

Chan Sin-Wai (ed): The human factor in machine translation

Routledge Studies in Translation Technology, Routledge, 1st edition (2018), xii+256pp, ISBN 781-13-855-1213 (Hardback), 978-13-151-4753-6 (e-book)
  • Sheila CastilhoEmail author
Book review


This book “The Human Factors in Machine Translation” edited by Chan Sin-Wai—also the series editor of Studies in Translation Technology—brings together twelve chapters covering a variety of topics such as localisation, terminology and crowdsourcing. The goal of the book is to give a comprehensive look at the role of the human translator in machine translation (MT).

The book is not divided into particular parts, which makes it difficult at times to understand where the narrative is leading the reader. As the chapters do not follow any specific order either, the contents of this book are perhaps best served as reference chapters depending on the reader’s specific needs. The main draw of the book is the human factor in its title, and so I was eager to see how the human factor was dealt in each chapter for each topic. Accordingly, this review focuses on what the title promises to address: the human factor in MT.

Introduction (Chan Sin-Wai)

The Introduction provides a summary of...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ADAPT Centre, School of ComputingDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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