By Michael Hann
This CD-rom and the accompanying instruction manual assault the various most vital problems encountered by means of either local and non-native English audio system while translating clinical and engineering fabric from German.
The CD-rom is sort of a miniature encyclopaedia facing the elemental conceptual foundation of technology, engineering and arithmetic, with specific regard to terminology. It offers didactically organised dictionaries, thesauri and a variety of microglossaries highlighting polysemy, homonymy, hyponymy, context, collocation, usage in addition to grammatical, lexical and semantic concerns necessary to actual translation. It additionally offers a wide selection of reference material and illustrations precious to self-taught specialist technical translators, translator running shoes at universities, and particularly to pupil translators.
All the most branches of commercial expertise are tested, resembling mechanical, electric, digital, chemical, nuclear engineering, and primary terminologies are supplied for a extensive diversity of significant subfields: automotive engineering, plastics, computers, development expertise, plane, laptop tools.
The guide offers an invaluable creation to the CD-Rom, allowing readers educated in languages to obtain the fundamental abilities priceless for technical translation by means of familiarity with basic engineering conceptions themselves.
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Extra resources for A Basis for Scientific and Engineering Translation: German-English-German
Ct: contrasted with… atomic number (CHEM), ct: mass number, valency. cv: covers the concept(s) electromagnetic wave (PHYS), cv: radio wave, light wave. co: consist(s) of electron cloud (MATS), co: freely mobile electrons. d: deﬁned as/designates disintegration (NUCL), d: rapid nuclear decay. ex: typical example… electrical quantity (PHYS), ex: current, voltage. m: measurable parameter of electrode gap (AUTO), m: spark plug. p: part of… element (ELEC), p: heater, cooker, kettle. s: synonym/abbreviation HT-lead (AUTO), s: ignition lead.
Speciﬁc information is also available in Volume 2, where the Polyseme Dictionary (TPD) and Thesaurus make clear distinctions between CN’s and NCN’s, and the Collocation Dictionary (TCD) illustrates and contrasts diﬀerent usages of fundamental engineering terminology. By now the reader will have realised that there is another reason for referring to the sections of this handbook as units rather than chapters. They are in no way complete, but merely provide a means of light relaxation for the long dark evenings when the computer is oﬀ and the disk is safely tucked away.
Browsing It is possible to open the e-book at diﬀerent points simultaneously, in diﬀerent windows. Thus subsections of the same or diﬀerent chapters can be compared, chapter sections can be browsed alongside diagrams, term lists, microglossaries, or alongside the main dictionaries and relevant illustrations. e. , apply throughout the book. Find (CTRL-F) is especially useful. Supposing the reader is looking for possible English translations of the German technical term Läufer. One method is to open up the Technical Polysyme Dictionary (TPD) at page L and then click on La in the horizontal bar.