Systematic revision practices
Thread poster: Spencer Allman
Spencer Allman
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:50
Finnish to English
Oct 7, 2005

I am writing a dissertaion on revision practices. I would just like to see if anyone has any (good) ideas regarding revision and proofreading. How should terminology be dealt with? Who takes final responsibility for the translation - the translator or revisor? What about specialist knowledge? What is over-revision? Thanks

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Stephen Rifkind  Identity Verified
Israel
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Beginning with definitions Oct 8, 2005

As in any good thesis, you have to begin with definitions.

Revision: what purpose: publishing / internal / translation / terminology consistancy / language / syntax/ style etc.

Document: Scope: General/ specified / legal (formula righting)
Length: How many words / pages
Time:
Budget: The more eyes the better, but good editing costs money.
Skills of people involved: translators are not always ideal editors, and vica versa.

Once you have defined those, than the "ideas" begin to flow.

P.S. My thesis wasn't so great, which makes me much wiser than I was before.


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Paul VALET  Identity Verified
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Some facts Oct 8, 2005

Spencer Allman wrote:

I am writing a dissertaion on revision practices. I would just like to see if anyone has any (good) ideas regarding revision and proofreading. How should terminology be dealt with? Who takes final responsibility for the translation - the translator or revisor? What about specialist knowledge? What is over-revision? Thanks


Spencer,

According to my practice as an independant translator, revision and proofreading are more the fact of international organizations than of private companies.

Concerning private companies, revision occurs more in companies that have to publish official statements or to release mandatory informations than in companies that have only private or commercial obligations.

I think that most of the final choices concerning the terminology must be the fact of the revisor/proofreader, as long as he/she should be the one who has the best knowledge of the needs of the organization/client.

But a dialogue might occur between the translator and the revisor, because each of them might have a sound knowledge of one/several of the various dimensions of a text.

The final responsibility for the translation is apparently an interesting question, but may be theoretical. If both of the translator and revisor are proven professionals and specialists, they will reduce the risks of a bad translation, and they will trust each other. If each of them inform the other one of the decisions he takes, and if there is no objection from the other one, one could think that the responsibility is shared. This could be otherwise specified in a contract.

Being revised might be a difficult exercise. It looks a bit like being corrected by a shoolmaster!

But in fact, the translator is expected to revise the revisions! because the revisor may be too sure of himself, as he usually has the power of final decision. Usually the revisor has not to justify his corrections, when the translator has to justify what he thinks wrong in the corrections of the revisor.

It seems that revising has a cost that many organizations cannot afford any more. Which induces that they will choose translators who are capable of revising/proofreading themselves!

Regards,

Paul


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