A Translator's Reference Needs
Dictionaries or Parallel Texts?
This paper examines how far consulting dictionaries and references cited in the bibliography can solve the problems raised by standardized and non-standardized terms in the translation of medical research reports from Spanish into English. Analysis of two translations representing different types of report (clinical and experimental) showed that use of three references offered greater certainty than using three specialized dictionaries: 71% and 51 % of items were found by the two methods, respectively. A combined method improved coverage to between 85% and 90%, and could guarantee acceptability for 95% of the items. As instances of parallel texts, references provided more and better information than dictionaries, especially at the higher sentence and text levels, as well as giving insight into stylistic aspects of lexical choice for the genre.
Published online: 01 January 1996
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Bernardini, Silvia & Adriano Ferraresi
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(a) Cited Dictionaries
Collins Spanish-English English-Spanish Dictionary
Diccionario de Términos Médicos inglés-español, español-inglés 6a eición
Diccionario Enciclopédico de las Ciencias Médicas 4a edición. Translated from Blakiston’s Gould Medical Dictionary 4th edition
Diccionario Terminologico de Ciencias Médicas 12a edición
(b) Cited Research Reports
Bertani, T., G. Rocchi, G. Sacchi, G. Mecca and G. Remuzzi
Bettelheim, R., H.G. Penman, H. Thornton-Jones and A.M. Neville
Carbajo, M., R. Ondiviela, F. Garijo, F. Val-Bernal, L. Buelta and C. Blanco
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Güezmes, A., F. Fernández, F. Garijo and F. Val-Bernal
Huwer, H.I., V.L. Volkmer, R. Hulsewede and F. Hausinger
Kubosawa, H., B. Akikusa and Y. Kondo
[ p. 299 ](c) Other Literature
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