international symposium

Towards an empirical theory of translation

31 July - 1 August 2009, Saarbrücken Campus, building C7 4 (Zentrum für Sprachforschung und Sprachtechnologie; download campus_map.pdf )


Friday, 31 July 2009 Saturday, 1 August 2009
Time Title Time Title
10.00 - 10.30 Official opening 10.00 - 11.00 Arnt Lykke Jakobsen
(Copenhagen Business School)
Tracking translators' eye movements and keystrokes as an empirical basis for making inferences about translational processing and for modeling translation (Abstract)
10.30 - 11.30 Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen
(University of Oslo)
Lost in translation - caught between constraints (Abstract)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break 11.30 - 12.30 Silvia Hansen-Schirra (Mainz University at Germersheim), Stella Neumann and Erich Steiner (Saarland University)
From product to process: Towards an empirical model of translation (Abstract)
12.00 - 13.00 Stig Johansson (University of Oslo)
Between Scylla and Charybdis: On individual variation in translation (Abstract)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break
13.00 - 15.00 Lunch break 14.00 - 16.00 Round table discussion with all speakers
15.00 - 16.00 Elke Teich (TU Darmstadt)
Translation as linguistic variation (Abstract)
16.00 Closing remarks
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 17.30 Christian Matthiessen
(Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Moving between languages: Comparison of systems for construing motion and translations of journeys (Abstract)
20.00 Conference dinner at Café am Schloss, Schlossplatz 15, 66129 Saarbrücken

* Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Juliane House and Gideon Toury had to cancel their participation at short notice.

practical information

Participation is free of charge. Registration is not required but we would be grateful if you could confirm your participation by e-mail (


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For information on accomodation and online booking please go to:

How to...?

... get to the Saarland University Campus: by bus: Bus routes 102 or 124 run by the Saartal Bus Company (to "Dudweiler-Dudoplatz" or "Uni-Campus") will take you from Saarbrücken Central Station to "Universität Campus", the conference site on campus. For more detailed information, please refer to the Saarbrücken Bus Timetables.

...go by taxi: A Taxi from Central Station to the Campus will be about 15 €. You will find taxis in front of the station or call +49 (0)681 33033.


The official currency in Germany is the Euro (€). Most teller machines work with foreign bank or credit cards.
You will find a teller machine on campus, a few minutes walk away from the conference site on the left side of building A5 4 (see the campus map).

Things to do in Saarbrücken

You should not miss the market square St. Johanner Markt with its various cafés, bars and restaurants. You can sit outside and enjoy a warm summer night.

The Saarland State Theater is situated by the river Saar, close to the market square St. Johann. There are also various Cinemas.

Weather in the Saarland

The weather in the Saarland at this time of year is generally very warm, sometimes even reaching around 37°C. However, it could also be rainy with temperatures around 15 °C. To find out what the weather is like in Saarbrücken at the moment click here