A systematic review of experimental research in audiovisual translation 1992–2020

Zhiwei Wu, Zhuojia Chen

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This study systematically reviewed 61 experimental studies on audiovisual translation (AVT), published in academic journals between 1992 and 2020. The review examined five aspects of these studies: publication trends, research scopes, research designs, statistical procedures, and reporting practices. Major findings include: (a) there has been a slight concentration of publication outlets for experimental AVT research; (b) the focal studies could be categorized into three themes (product, process, and pedagogy), with the product theme being the most popular and subtitling the dominant AVT modality; (c) the inclusion of a comparison group was the most common design feature, and questionnaires and tests were the most popular research instruments; (d) inferential statistical analysis was favored over descriptive statistical analysis; (e) data normality information and effect sizes were not regularly reported. Based on the systematic review, suggestions are made for the future development of experimental AVT research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-304
Number of pages24
JournalTranslation, Cognition and Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2021


  • Audiovisual translation
  • Experiment
  • Research synthesis
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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