原标题：译事 | 最新研究！机器翻译已对国际贸易产生重大影响
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A group of researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) have written a working paper entitled "Does Machine Translation Affect International Trade? Evidence from a Large Digital Platform." The NBER is a private, non-profit organization that performs and disseminates economic research and one of the most influential think tanks on economic policy in the United States.
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The paper explains that as one of the most significant technological advances today, artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to impact work, trade, and the economy. However, "empirical evidence documenting concrete economic effects of using AI is largely lacking." The study is one of the first to examine the material impact machine translation (MT), and AI in general, is having on trade and industry.
The paper by Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Xiang Hui, and Meng Liu was published in August 2018. It looks at how eBay’s machine translation engines have affected international trade on the platform. This analysis is used as evidence "of direct causal links between AI adoption and economic activities."
该文由麻省理工学院斯隆管理学院教授Erik Brynjolfsson以及Xiang Hui和Meng Liu著成，于2018年8月发布。文章研究了eBay（译者注：美国最大的在线商品交易平台之一）的机器翻译引擎对其平台上的国际贸易有何影响。这个分析结果用于论证“人工智能应用和经济活动之间的直接因果联系”。
FORUM was founded in 2003 by the joint efforts of researchers from KSCI and ESIT. It is a refereed international Translation Studies Journal, bilingual English/French, and appears twice a year. FORUM is supported by UNESCO's Clearing House for Literary Translation. The Journal's primary objective is to offer publication space to Translation Studies researchers not only from Western countries, but also from Asia, Africa and the Middle-East. The papers published in FORUM deal with a variety of issues: translation of technical texts, literature, philosophy and poetry, interpreting in its various modes, the teaching of translation and interpreting, and often offer regional points of view. They apply a variety of liberal arts or empirical methodologies.
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eBay has developed its own inhouse MT engines (eMT) for multiple language pairings. The study focuses on the English to Spanish eMT, which was introduced in 2014, and looks at its effect on international trade based on US exports.
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According to then eBay Staff MT Language Specialist Juan Rowda in an article he wrote for Slator in November 2016, "human translation is not viable" for the company. He said as of that writing, the company had 800 million listings of around 300 words each. "It would take 1,000 translators 5 years to translate only the 60 million listings eligible for Russia," Rowda said, contextualizing the problem that eMT was meant to solve.
Translation, Cognition & Behavior focuses on a broad area of research generally known as cognitive translation studies – a term that encompasses new conceptual paradigms being explored in cognitive translatology as well as traditional translation process research. Cognitive translation studies intersects with a number of disciplines, and the journal welcomes interdisciplinary research from philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, bilingualism studies, anthropology, artificial intelligence, ergonomics, and, indeed any discipline that can illuminate our understanding of the mental processes that underlie the complex observable behavior of cross-language communication.
The overall objective of the journal is to connect rigorous descriptions of the observable activities of translators and interpreters – as the result of ethnographic, experimental or corpus research – to conceptions of the translating mind and brain. Translation, Cognition & Behavior will thus publish empirical and theoretical contributions focusing on the cognitive and behavioral aspects of a broad range of cross-language activities including all kinds of translation and interpreting tasks and subtasks, but also other unique forms of communicative mediation, professional or otherwise.
The NBER paper finds that "the introduction of a machine translation system has significantly increased international trade on this platform, increasing exports by 17.5%." Although, using a number of different control samples, the results vary from a positive change of between 11.8% and 20.9%.
Topics of specific interest include, but are not limited to the extension of general cognitive research paradigms (e.g., computationalism, connectionism, embodied, embedded, extended, enacted, affective, distributed cognition) into cognitive translation studies; the development and learning of translation skills (e.g., expertise, cognitive aspects of translation teaching and learning, translation competence); cognitive research methods (eye tracking, keystroke logging, neuroimaging, and so on); and explorations of how the environment influences people's behavior and cognitive processing when performing communicative tasks (ergonomics, human–computer interaction, usability studies).
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eMT is having more of an impact on products that are differentiated, cheaper, or contain more words in listing titles, and is particularly effective for less experienced buyers, the study also found. Another interesting finding is that consumers seemed to "benefit from eMT more than sellers do […] because consumers gain both from reduced language frictions and also from lower prices."
The Journal of Translation Studies is a double-blind peer reviewed bilingual journal (English and Chinese) devoted to all aspects of translation studies. While the journal has a special focus on the history, theory and practice of Chinese-English, English-Chinese translation, it also publishes high-quality articles on research regarding other language combinations and/or general theoretical aspects of translation. The Journal also publishes book reviews by invitation. Contributions may be submitted all year round.
Language Barriers Have Greatly Hindered Trade
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MonTI is an academic, peer-reviewed and international journal fostered by the three public universities with a Translation Degree in the Spanish region of Valencia (Universitat d’Alacant, Universitat Jaume I de Castelló and Universitat de València). Our first priority is to publish texts providing an in-depth analysis of translation- and interpreting-related matters that meet high standards of scientific rigour, foster debate and promote plurality.MonTI will publish one thematic issue each year, with a maximum of 600 pages, first as a hard copy journal (ISSN: 1889-4178) and, after a six-month interval, as an online journal (ISSN: 1989-9335), taking advantage of the digital platform provided by the University of Alicante. In order to ensure both linguistic democracy and dissemination of the journal to the broadest readership possible, the hard-copy version will publish articles in German, Spanish, French, Catalan and English. The online version is able to accommodate multilingual versions of articles so that authors who so desire can provide a copy of their article in a language other than the stipulated languages of publication. Furthermore, an attempt will be made to provide an English-language translation of all articles not submitted in this language. We would like to make special mention of our commitment to meeting international quality criteria. Thus, the journal will invite experts in each of the subject areas related to Translation and Interpreting to serve as issue editors. There will be an open call for papers for each issue, and at least 75% of the contributing authors will always be from universities other than our own. Each contribution will be peer-reviewed by two preeminent researchers or professionals, and MonTI will provide authors with a detailed explanation when an article is not considered worthy of publication.Apart from the Board of Referees, there is a Board of Advisors made up by prestigious scholars whose main task will be to help us to set our editorial policy and subject it to assessment.
The results in the research paper are consistent with other recent research, such as that of Johannes Lohmann in 2011 and Alejandro Molnar in 2013, who, according to the paper, "argue that language barriers may be far more trade-hindering than suggested by previous literature."
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该研究论文中的结论与最近几年其它研究得出的结论一致，比如2011年Johannes Lohmann的研究和2013年Alejandro Molnar的研究，后者在论文中写道“语言障碍对贸易的制约可能比之前文献所述更甚。”
eMT is not used for product categories, adverts, or other fixed areas of the webpages, but is specifically applied to searches. Buyers can search in Spanish, and eMT then enables eBay to match the search query to its listing titles, which are stored in English. From here, the eMT translates and displays the listing titles in Spanish, so the Spanish users only ever need to engage with Spanish content.