Becoming a Translator An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Translation

ISBN-10: 0415615909
ISBN-13: 9780415615907
Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Douglas Robinson
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List price: $51.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Fusing translation theory with advice and information about the practicalities of translating, Becoming a Translatoris an essential resource for novice and practising translators. The book helps students learn how to translate faster and more accurately, how to deal with potential problems, including dealing with stress and how the market works. There are activities and examples throughout and a 'Useful Contacts' section lists the names, addresses and web addresses of translator organizations, training programmes, journals and translator agencies. Becoming a Translatoris an invaluable guide for all aspiring and practising translators.The third edition will:* update all references to technology and cover new developments such as Google translator*have a more student-friendly layout and be rewritten in parts to ensure accessibility for introductory students.There will be a new companion website, featuring extra activities, video lectures, resources and links and teachers’ notes.

Douglas Robinson is a professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
External knowledge: the user's view
Internal and external knowledge
Reliability
Textual reliability
The translator's reliability
Timeliness
Cost
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
Internal knowledge: the translator's view
Who are translators?
Professional pride
Reliability
Involvement in the profession
Ethics
Income
Speed
Project management
Raising the status of the profession
Enjoyment
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
The process of translation
The shuttle: experience and habit
Charles Sanders Peirce on instinct, experience, and habit
Abduction, induction, deduction
Karl Weick on enactment, selection, and retention
The process of translation
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
Drawing on experience: How being a translator is more than just being good at languages
What experience?
Intuitive leaps
Pattern-building
Rules and theories
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
Starting with people: Social interaction as the first key focus of translators' experience of the world
"The meaning of a word is its use in the language"
Experiencing people
First impressions (intuitive leaps)
Deeper acquaintance (pattern-building)
Psychology (rules and theories)
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
Working with people: The workplace as the interactive setting for specialized terminologies
A new look at terminology
Faking it (intuitive leaps)
Working (pattern-building)
Terminology studies (rules and theories)
Conclusion
Discussion
Activities
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
Translation as an operation performed in and on languages
Translation and linguistics
What could that be? (intuitive leaps)
Doing things with words (pattern-building)
The translator and speech-act theory (rules and theories)
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
Working and understanding through social networks
The translator as social being
Pretending (intuitive leaps)
Pretending to be a translator
Pretending to be a source reader and target author
Pretending to belong to a language-use community
Learning to be a translator (pattern-building)
Teaching and theorizing translation as a social activity (rules and theories)
Skopos theory
The sociological turn in twenty-first-century translation studies
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
The impact on translation of culture(s)
Cultural knowledge
Self-projection into the foreign (intuitive leaps)
Immersion in cultures (pattern-building)
Intercultural awareness (rules and theories)
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercises
Suggestions for further reading
When habit fails
The importance of analysis
The reticular activation system: alarm bells
Checking the rules (rules and theories)
Checking synonyms, alternatives (pattern-building)
Picking the rendition that feels right (intuitive leaps)
Conclusion
Discussion
Exercise
Suggestions for further reading
Bibliography
Index

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