A proposed process for medical translation

Rodger, Helen (2008) A proposed process for medical translation. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The main aim of this dissertation is to propose a process for medical translation, a reference tool to support professional translators. A German guideline for the management of clinical depression is translated using the proposed process and the latter is then evaluated in the light of the practical translation experience. This evaluation results in the development of a shorter version of the original process because the full version contains elements of repetition and too much surplus detail for an experienced translator. Hence, two complementary methodologies are produced: a "quick process guide" for use as an aide-memoire by medical translators and a fuller version containing more guidance for novice translators. An important addition to the original process proves to be a sixth "Review" stage. This ensures that as each medical translation is completed, there is a period of reflection. Improvements can then be made to the process, promoting continuous professional development. In attempting to develop a process for medical translation, three subsidiary aims are also investigated. These subsidiary aims concern the relative difficulty of terminology in technical translation, the key challenges presented by medical translation and the differences between medical writing in German and English. As just one translation is completed during the course of this dissertation, only tentative conclusions can be drawn regarding these three subsidiary aims. However, terminology is indeed confirmed as a challenge within the context of translating the German guideline. Furthermore, some key differences are established between German and English medical writing and the key challenges associated with this translation are confirmed to be cultural and syntactic issues.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/660

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