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From Translation Markets to Language Management: The Implications of Translation Services

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Abstract: The fact that the position of "business translation" within Translation Studies remains unclear is probably symptomatic of the discipline as a whole. In this article, business translation is approached from a new point of view; namely, that of social organization and management in business environments. The situation under observation — the "translation market" in Belgium — is limited, and does not warrant any general conclusions. However, the rather predictable findings concerning the peripheral position of translation and translators in business life seem to indicate that it is not translation as such which is at stake here, but more general views on language, discourse and communication.
Résumé: Le fait que la position de la "traduction commerciale" reste mal définie au sein de la recherche sur la traduction est sans doute symptomatique en rapport avec la discipline dans son ensemble. Dans l'article qui suit, la question de la traduction commerciale est abordée sous un angle très différent, c'est-à-dire en termes d'organisation sociale et en termes de management dans le cadre commercial. La situation observée — le "marché de la traduction " en Belgique — est certes limitée, et l'approche ne justifie pas de conclusions globales. Il semble néanmoins que les conclusions, en fait prévisibles, quant au caractère périphérique de la traduction et des traducteurs, soit moins imputable à la traduction en tant que telle qu'à des conceptions plus fondamentales au sujet du langage, du discours et de la communication.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/target.10.1.06her

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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