Suggestions for the production of a translation dictionary for professional translators [Voorstelle vir die produksie van 'n vertaalwoordeboek vir professionele vertalers]

Crafford M.F. ; Feinauer I. (2008)

Review

The profile of the potential user needs to be the guiding principle in all lexicographic decisions whenever dictionaries are designed, revised or compiled. It follows, then, that the format, structure and organisation of a translation dictionary aimed at the needs of professional translators should be based on the specific needs of that distinct user group. This article contains general guidelines for both the outer texts and the central part of a translation dictionary aimed at the needs of professional translators mainly translating from English (T2) into Afrikaans (T1). A possible format for the microstructure of such a dictionary (English > Afrikaans) is given and the possible lexicographic treatment of a few sample entries is discussed in detail. The possibility of formative evaluation by means of the principle of simultaneous feedback is briefly touched on.

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