Translation as a Profession

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 396 pages
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"Translation as a profession" provides an in-depth analysis of the translating profession and the translation industry. The book starts with a presentation of the diversity of translations and an overview of the translation-localisation process. The second section describes the translation profession and the translators markets. The third section considers the process of becoming a translator, from the moment people find out whether they have the required qualities to the moment when they set up shop or find a job, with special emphasis on how to find and hold on to clients, avoiding basic mistakes. The fourth section concentrates on the vital professional issues of costs, rates, deadlines, time to market, productivity, ethics, standards, qualification, certification, and professional recognition. The fifth section is devoted to the developments that have provoked ongoing changes in the profession and industry, such as ICT, and the impact of industrialisation, internationalisation, and globalisation. The final section is devoted to the major issues involved in translator training. A glossary is provided, together with a list of Websites for further browsing.

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I Translation
Chapter 1 An overview
Chapter 2 Categories of translation
Chapter 3 The translation process from A to Z
II The translating profession
Chapter 4 The translating profession
III Becoming a translator
Chapter 11 Certification
Chapter 12 Recognition
V Evolutions and revolutions
Chapter 13 From P P to WS CATT
Chapter 14 From manual to automatic
Chapter 15 From craft to industry
Chapter 16 From the village to the globe
VI Training translators

Chapter 5 Should I or shouldnt I?
Chapter 6 The die is cast
Chapter 7 Here we go
IV Being a translator
Chapter 8 Of time and money
Chapter 9 Living in a crowd
Chapter 10 Professional ethics
Chapter 17 Training translators
What the not so far future most probably holds
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