On the operationalisation of ‘pauses’ in translation process research


  • Minna Kumpulainen University of Eastern Finland


translation process, cognitive effort, pause


This article discusses the various ways in which pauses have been operationalised in translation process research. The factors used to determine the significant pause length in various research settings will be reflected upon: different types of data yield different kinds of pauses, the lengths of which having been determined based on the aim and purpose of each study. In addition, different data collection methods provide different possibilities with regard to the exactness of pause length measurements. Hence, the significant pause length is a variable that must be determined and justified in each study to correspond to the research goals.