събота, 21 март 2009 г.

The best modern definition of "translation"

I couldn't resist sharing it:

As the term translation covers many activities, it is useful to distinguish, at least, between:

re-creation, e.g., the translation of poetry or publicity, which aims above all at transmitting the subjective aspect of a text, even if its objective meaning is somewhat altered;

localization, practised on a large scale nowadays on computer manuals for end users, where it is important to adapt certain parts of the content, and perhaps the style of the presentation, to a certain cultural and linguistic environment;

diffusion translation, in particular the translation of technical documentation, where the objective content must be strictly rendered in another language, without addition and omission, even if the style smells translation;

screening translation, which covers translation of written material for gathering information as well as simultaneous interpretation of oral presentations.


Christian Boitet
Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
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I, for example, practice only localization and diffusion translation. I agree completely with the definition but in my opinion most translators (and editors) are a bit afraid of localization and in reality only diffusion translation is practiced. And I've never liked texts that "smell translation".