The image and the profit of a translator - Quiz for my thesis
Thread poster: Erica Di Tano
Sep 24, 2014

Dear Translators,

my name is Erica and I am currently studying "Languages and Communication for Business and Tourism" at the University of Aosta Valley in Italy. As part of my graduation, I am writing a thesis about the figure of the translator. In particular I am conducting a research on the economic profits of a translator, and by consequence, on his/her stauts in the society. This survey is addressed to translators, both from Italy and other European countries. I want to analyse the differences between an Italian translator and an European one, though I believe that the crisis of the translator is global. I will focus on the solutions given by professional translators.
I ask you to fill in this questionnaire, even anonymously:

http://www.thesistools.com/web/?id=428068

For any question regarding this research, please feel free to contact me.

Your help will be much appreciated.
Erica


[Edited at 2014-09-25 10:54 GMT]


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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What do you mean... Sep 25, 2014

Erica Di Tano wrote:
As part of my graduation, I am writing a thesis about the figure of the translator.


What do you mean by "the figure"? Is that an Italian financial term? Or do you mean whether translators are overweight? Or do you mean the general caricature of translators? Or do you mean how many translators there are?

Samuel


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Gad Kohenov  Identity Verified
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figures=numeri Sep 25, 2014

I guess this is what is meant.

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Gianluigi Desogus, PhD  Identity Verified
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figura Sep 25, 2014

it means a mix of "image, personality, way of life, professional stance" and more; it's got nothing to do with numbers. It can also be interpreted as "the way a translator and his/her profession is viewed by others.

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Erica Di Tano
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Translation Mistake :) Sep 25, 2014

I am sorry, I used the wrong word, I translated quickly and improperly! The definition of Gianluigi expresses what I meant.
I will change it asap!


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Erica Sep 25, 2014

Erica Di Tano wrote:
I am sorry, I used the wrong word...


It's not the wrong word per se... it's just ambiguous in the paragraph that you used it in.

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Added:

Sorry to be annoying, but it just occurred to me: when you say "the profit", do you mean "how much money the translator makes" or do you mean "the economic usefulness of the translator"? You may ignore this question if you meant the former.



[Edited at 2014-09-25 11:02 GMT]


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Tom in London
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Ciao Erica

Your very first question requires the respondent to give their personal details (name and address).

Most people would not be willing to give that information.


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Erica Di Tano
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Not necessary Sep 25, 2014

Tom in London wrote:

Ciao Erica

Your very first question requires the respondent to give their personal details (name and address).

Most people would not be willing to give that information.



Thank you for your comment.
The answer to those questions is not mandatory to go on with the questionnaire. It would just make it easier for me (obviously it will stay anonymous on the final paper).
However the place where you work is very important for the research itself, since I will compare different places with the related profits and work environment.


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