1st Edition

Translation and Localization A Guide for Technical and Professional Communicators

Edited By Bruce Maylath, Kirk St.Amant Copyright 2019
    274 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Detailed yet accessible, Translation and Localization brings together the research and insights of veteran practicing translators to offer comprehensive guidance for technical communicators. The volume begins with the fundamentals of translation before leading readers through the process of preparing technical documents for translation. It then presents the broader area of localization, again beginning with its key competencies. Concluding chapters examine the state of the field as computers take on more translation and localization work. Featuring real-life scenarios and a broad range of experienced voices, this is an invaluable resource for technical and professional communicators looking to expand into international markets. 


    Series Editor Forward

    By Tharon W. Howard


    By Pavel Zemliansky


    Handling Technical and Professional Communication for Audiences of All Languages

    By Bruce Maylath


    The Dynamics of—and Need to Understand—Translation and Localization in Technical Communication

    By Kirk St.Amant

    Part I: Translation

    Area 1: Fundamental Concepts

    Chapter 1: An Overview of the Main Issues of Translation

    By Federica Scarpa

    Chapter 2: Pragmatic Translation and Assessment for Professional Communicators: Countering Myths and Misconceptions

    By Patricia Minacori

    Area 2: Writing and Content Creation

    Chapter 3: Controlled Language and Writing for an International Audience

    By Sharon O’Brien

    Chapter 4: Quality in Translation through "Controlled" Writing, Editing, and/or Revising

    By Maria Teresa Musacchio

    Part II: Localization

    Area 3: Fundamentals, Contexts, and Content

    Chapter 5: Fundamentals of Localization for Non-Localizers

    By Paola Valli

    Chapter 6: How Streetsmart Marketers Try Phishing Customers: (Mis)Communication or Missed Communication through Loan Words

    By Birthe Mousten

    Chapter 7: Professional Communicators on Track or Led Astray! Using Quality Standards in Practice

    By Birthe Mousten and Dan Riordan

    Part III: Horizons

    Area 4: Computing and Commerce

    Chapter 8: Computing and Translation: An Overview for Technical Communicators

    By Tomáš Svoboda

    Chapter 9: The Future of Translation and Translators in a Fast-Changing Economic and Technological Landscape

    By Giuseppe Palumbo




    Bruce Maylath is Professor of English at North Dakota State University (USA) and Director of the university’s program in Upper-Division Writing.

    Kirk St.Amant is Professor and Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University (USA), Adjunct Professor of International Health and Medical Communication with the University of Limerick (Ireland), and Guest Professor of Usability and Design with Southeast University (China).

    Winner of the 2020 Distinguished Book on Business Communication Award (Association for Business Communication)