Advance Translation as a Means of Improving Source Questionnaire Translatability?

Brita Dorer

Advance Translation as a Means of Improving Source Questionnaire Translatability?

Findings from a Think-Aloud Study for French and German

TRANSÜD. Arbeiten zur Theorie und Praxis des Übersetzens und Dolmetschens, Volume 107

ISBN
978-3-7329-0594-2 9783732905942
Date of appearance
2020
Language
English
Binding
Paperback
Pages
554
Format
14.8 × 21.0 cm (B × H)
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Price
98.00 €

Contents

It is widely recognised that optimum translation quality is often difficult to achieve owing to problems in the source text. For large-scale cross-cultural surveys source questionnaires need to be translated into multiple target languages in order to produce comparable data across participating countries and cultures. ‘Advance translations’ have been applied in such surveys to improve the translatability of source questionnaires.

The author used a think-aloud study to test the usefulness of advance translation into French and German. The study involved experienced professional questionnaire translators and applied qualitative and quantitative analysis.

The study confirmed the usefulness of advance translation, at least for the languages and source texts used.

Author

Brita Dorer is a translation scholar specialising in questionnaire translation and translation process research in particular. A trained translator for French, Italian and English, holding a PhD in translation studies, her research builds on many years of work as a translator and university lecturer.

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