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

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

by Douglas Robinson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415615914
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/27/2012
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Douglas Robinson has been a freelance translator of technical and literary texts from Finnish to English since 1975. He is also one of the world's leading translation scholars, the author of The Translator's Turn (1991), Translation and Taboo (1996), What Is Translation? (1997), Translation and Empire (1997), Western Translation Theory From Herodotus to Nietzsche (1997), and Who Translates? (2001). He is Chair Professor of English and Dean of the Arts Faculty at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Table of Contents

1. External Knowledge: The User's View
2. Internal Knowledge: The Translator's View
3. The Translator as Learner
4. The Process of Translation
5. Experience
6. People
7. Working People
8. Languages
9. Social Networks
10. Cultures
11. When Habit Fails

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‘This innovative new edition of Becoming A Translator is essential reading for emerging translators and a welcome addition to the translation studies classroom.’ - Emily Wittman, University of Alabama, USA

‘This book is a comprehensive, practical and highly readable introduction to Translation as a Profession. By interweaving psychological, linguistic, social and cultural dimensions into all key aspects of real-life translation practice, it is innovative and effective in imparting the essential knowledge to its readers, including translators-to-be and translators in practice.’ - Susan Xu Yun, SIM University, Singapore

‘Translators need to be skilful, flexible, tough, organised, creative, analytical and paid for their work. This book gives helpful and concise guidance about all these needs, and anyone entering the profession will learn a lot from it. I recommend it strongly.’ - Raphael Salkie, University of Brighton, UK

‘If you have little or no previous exposure to translation, and want to catch up with developments in the field, try this book!’ - John Wang, Hong Kong Baptist University and Jinan University, China

"Robinson's Becoming a Translator, which is in its third edition, is a product of years of work, use, revision and updates. Much of the advice which it contains demonstrates that the author is an experienced, enthusiastic translator." - LINGUIST List

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