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Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica

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Developing Evaluation Skills with Legal Translation Trainees

Titela Vîlceanu
Published Online: 2015-12-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ausp-2015-0050


Axiomatically, translation is twofold: an activity/process (more accurately designated by the term translating) and a product (the term translation can be restricted to the product). It seems that the product dimension has gained increased importance, being the most visible part of translation as market-driven, design-oriented, precise and measurable - complying with specifications. Translation engenders a sequence: identification of text type and of end users’ needs (experts or non-experts in the field), evaluation of the complexity of the source text via global reading, followed by a close reading of its parts, the translating of the document, the translator’s checking of final version, editing and proofreading. The translator’s choices are accountable in point of cost-effectiveness (efficiency) and effectiveness. Therefore, the legal translator should master the methodological toolkit, conceptual frame and related terminology, and adopt an inward-looking perspective (intuition, subjectivity, ingrained habits, insights deriving from his/her expertise and experience) alongside an outward-looking one (working against objective criteria, standards of quality, benchmarks, etc).

Keywords: legal translation; evaluation skills; cost-effectiveness


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Published Online: 2015-12-30

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 5–13, ISSN (Online) 2391-8179, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ausp-2015-0050.

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