Prozentuale Längenverschiebung

English translation: percentage change in length

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German term or phrase:prozentuale Längenverschiebung
English translation:percentage change in length
Entered by: Steffen Walter

07:38 May 25, 2012
German to English translations [PRO]
Science - Linguistics / Translation with Trados
German term or phrase: Prozentuale Längenverschiebung
This term is used in a powerpoint presentation describing a company's translation management process. It refers to the change in the length of a text when it is translated from the source language into the target language, e.g. German to English. In this case the percentage is 33%. I'm not sure of the correct term for this in English however. I am considering the following possibilities:
The original sentence is "Prozentuale Längenverschiebung in die Zielsprache"
1. percentage of length shift
2. percentage of length variation
3. percentage of length change

I would appreciate your feedback and suggestions - are any of my suggestions appropriate or does anyone know the appropriate term in English? Thanks for your help
Schnappy (X)
Local time: 05:29
percentage change in (text) length
Explanation:
I'd avoid using collocations with "shift" here.

See http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1076/jqul.8.3.233.4097 (full article visible against payment)
Extract seen after Google search for "percentage change in text length": "The elasticity of vocabulary size is defined as the percentage change in vocabulary size with respect to a percentage change in text length."
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Steffen Walter
Germany
Local time: 05:29
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Thanks for your help!!
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percentage change in (text) length


Explanation:
I'd avoid using collocations with "shift" here.

See http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1076/jqul.8.3.233.4097 (full article visible against payment)
Extract seen after Google search for "percentage change in text length": "The elasticity of vocabulary size is defined as the percentage change in vocabulary size with respect to a percentage change in text length."

Steffen Walter
Germany
Local time: 05:29
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in category: 12
Grading comment
Thanks for your help!!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Armorel Young: Exactly. Things like "percentage of length shift" are meaningless.
4 mins

agree  Kathinka van de Griendt
6 hrs

agree  Kim Metzger
8 hrs

agree  John Hein-Hartmann: Spot on
8 hrs
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