Re: Linguistic quirks (was: Don't know what to title this...)

Subject: Re: Linguistic quirks (was: Don't know what to title this...)
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 10:26:00 -0400

Geoff Hart wrote:
> I'd be curious to learn about other substitutions or linguistic
> techwhirlers have encountered in their work with authors, engineers,
> or developers.

I've been editing patent descriptions for a company in Belarus for
about six months. Sometimes I do 500 2000-character records per week.
I've also been asked by the company (and I do it at no charge) to
assess candidate translators' skills, and during the last year, I have
had two other clients in the US who are Russian-speaking.

Native Russian speakers --- even professional translators with ten or
more years of experience -- seem to have a problem deciding whether to
use articles at all and which one. Other issues are mainly style
issues. These translators are actually remarkably good, but of course,
they are professional translators.

I did some editing /tutoring for Chinese and Japanese students some
years ago, and found similar problems with articles.

Bonnie Granat


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RE: Don't know what to title this...: From: Diane Evans
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