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Vinay and Darbelnet’s Stylistique comparée de l’anglais et du français (1958/1995) is a classical example, with its definitions of categories for translation tactics – though these are probably more accurately defined as descriptions of types of post-translation correspondences rather than actual tactics. Seleskovitch and Lederer’s books, and in particular Pédagogie raisonnée de l’interprétation (1989), explain theoretical concepts from ESIT’s Interpretive Theory. Chapter 1. Theoretical components in interpreter and translator training Other examples are Delisle’s L’enseignement de l’interprétation et de la traduction (1981) and Handbuch Translation by Snell-Hornby, Hönig, Kussmaul & Schmitt (1999 for the second, revised edition), Čeňková, Ivana a kolektiv (2001) for the Czech Republic, Komatsu (2005) for Japan, etc.

First of all, the Sender and Receivers may not have the same aims. For instance, in a political debate between two personalities defending opposite views, the statement of one may be made in order to convince the other and the public if any, but the other 31 32 Basic Concepts and Models for Interpreter and Translator Training will listen to it with a view not to be convinced but to detect its flaws so as to be in a better position to fight it. Moving on to an example from a non-confrontational situation, the manufacturer of a piece of equipment may write a description of a machine with the aim of convincing readers to buy it, while a reader may scrutinize it for the sole purpose of gaining information about the machine without any intention of purchasing it.

10. This chapter’s main ideas 1. 2. Formal Translator training is not an absolute necessity, but it can help beginning interpreters and translators improve their performance and/or improve it faster. Interpreters and translators must have: – – – – 3. Training needs vary depending on the trainees’ pre-existing knowledge and skills. In order to optimize programmes, a distinction between initial training programmes and further training programmes is useful. Formal training needs to be optimized in order to be a truly better option than on-the-job training, which has distinct advantages in terms of relevance, finances, and actual translation practice.

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