#MondayReading: Researching Translation Competence by PACTE Group


Our already well-known #MondayReading category is having a big success. This week we want to introduce you to our new reading proposal: “Researching Translation Competence by PACTE Group“. It is a research done by my Professor Amparo Hurtado and the PACTE group.

monday reading 27.03.2017

The PACTE group uses empirical-experimental research methods to investigate translation competence and also its acquisition since 1997.

This book is divided in four parts, eight appendices and a very specialised glossary. Part I is about the design of PACTE’s conceptual and methodological framework for the research of Translation Competence. According to Hurtado “part II is about the methodological aspects of the research design and its development through particular exploratory tests and some pilot studies carried out, some experiment design, characteristics of the sample population; procedures of data collection and analysis. Part III presents the results obtained in the experiment related to: the Acceptability of the translations produced in the experiment and the six dependent variables of study (Knowledge of Translation; Translation Project; Identification and Solution of Translation Problems; Decision-making; Efficacy of the Translation Process; Use of Instrumental Resources); this part also includes a corpus analysis of the translations. Part IV analyses the translators who were ranked highest in the experiment and goes on to present final conclusions as well as PACTE’s perspectives in the field of Translation Competence research”.

We hope you enjoy it! Stay tuned for our next #MondayReading!

Written by Olga Jeczmyk: Translator-Interpreter, Social Media and Content Manager as well as Communication and Terminology Trainee. Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament in Luxembourg. Olga was investigating PACTE’s results for her investigation on “Cognitive Strategies for the Resolution of Translation Problems“.


  • John Benjamins Publishing Company, (2017). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Available at: https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/btl.127/main (Accessed 27 Mar. 2017).
  • PACTE Research Group. “Investigating Translation Competence: Conceptual and Methodological Issues.” Meta 502 (2005): pp. 609–619. DOI:10.7202/011004ar
  • PACTE Research Group, (2017). PACTE research group | Grup PACTE – Procés d’Adquisició de la Competència Traductora i Avaluació. [online] Grupsderecerca.uab.cat. Available at: http://bit.ly/2nZOpp8 (Accessed 27 Mar. 2017).