Acknowledging translations of quotes by a third party
Thread poster: Michael van Laake

Michael van Laake  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 06:22
Spanish to English
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Jan 14

Hi all,
I am translating a text on a Spanish engraver, written by an art historian.
Source: Spanish - Target: English.
The source text includes some quotes in French - these will remain in French. But one of them is followed by a translation into Spanish, and also states the name of the FR-SP translator.
This one will have to go into English. It is a fragment of a poem, about 35 words, and I have managed to find an existing English translation online. For me this is a bi
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Hi all,
I am translating a text on a Spanish engraver, written by an art historian.
Source: Spanish - Target: English.
The source text includes some quotes in French - these will remain in French. But one of them is followed by a translation into Spanish, and also states the name of the FR-SP translator.
This one will have to go into English. It is a fragment of a poem, about 35 words, and I have managed to find an existing English translation online. For me this is a bit like avoiding back translations: if FR-EN already exists, that should be better than doing FR-SP and then SP-EN.
The question is: if I use the FR-EN translation I have found, should I acknowledge the author/translator?
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B D Finch  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 06:22
Member (2006)
French to English
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Yes Jan 14

Yes, I believe you should name both the author and translator. How would you see it if you were either of them? I think you'd want to be acknowledged.

Tina Vonhof
 

Sofia Aldazabal Wood
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:22
English to Spanish
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Yes Jan 14

I believe you should. You need to acknowledge them and also make clear it is not your translation.
Good luck!


Tina Vonhof
 

Helen Shiner  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:22
Member (2008)
German to English
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Yes Jan 14

Yes, you should. I tend to append a note for my client and they insert the relevant footnote based on the information I provide.

Barbara Carrara
 

Joakim Braun  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 06:22
German to Swedish
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Yes Jan 15

In poetry, this is quite important. And apparently the customer also regards it as important.

 


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