ERIC Number: ED383211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Research To Inform Advanced FL Courses Involving Translation: An Immodest Proposal.
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n6 p78-82 1995
The use of text classification as a strategy in the training of translators is discussed. Frequently, translator trainees are required to complete a text profile classifying the text on dimensions such as purpose, formality, difficulty, and emotional tone. It is argued that the empirical basis for such classification is very shaky, but could be made more secure by three types of experiments: (1) verification of validity and interrater reliability on the categories used; (2) tests of statistical and logical (or psychological) interdependence of the various dimensions; and (3) examination of the extent to which translators at various levels actually use text analysis when making decisions about translation. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Classification, Classroom Techniques, Discourse Analysis, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interpretive Skills, Interrater Reliability, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Professional Education, Research Needs, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Skill Development, Translation
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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