Once a month, the Translation Studies Reading Group of the Trinity Centre for Literary & Cultural Translation comes together to discuss an article recently published in a Translation Studies journal.
The group is free and open to anyone in the world to join in with, irrespective of academic level or affiliation. All you need to do is read the article before the group meets and sign up. Everyone is encouraged to join in with the conversation and add their own viewpoints. We are not able to send the articles to people who do not have access to them.
The details of the article we will read for this month’s Reading Group are below. Please follow the link for access to the full article.
Magdalena Oziemblewska & Agnieszka Szarkowska
The quality of templates in subtitling. A survey on current market practices and changing subtitler competences
The rapidly growing demand for subtitling on the global translation market has resulted in a new development which has revolutionised the way subtitles are created and distributed: the template. A template is a subtitle file containing a time-coded transcription of the dialogue to be later translated into multiple target languages. Loved by global subtitling companies and frowned upon by subtitlers, templates have become an inseparable part of modern subtitling workflows. The goal of our study is to examine this new development in terms of quality, its impact on the profession and the resulting changes in subtitler competences. With this goal in mind, we conducted an online survey which was completed by 344 professionals from 47 countries involved in the subtitling process with templates. We gathered data on the content of the templates, subtitling workflows, types of software, pivot translation, annotations, and language combinations. We found important differences in spotting skills between subtitlers depending on their experience and type of company they work for. Our results also show that the quality of templates currently available on the market is rather inadequate. We present suggestions for improvement based on the subtitlers’ views. The results may be used to inform current market practices.
Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp shows how working for publishers and the media in various capacities can be a sustainable strand to a portfolio freelance business, as well as providing a marketing platform and exposure for your creative translation ability. Taking a pragmatic look at the creative and business skills involved in marketing yourself as a translator of fiction and non-fiction texts, and at the same time developing the market for the literature of your source language, Ruth will share a wealth of tips on how to turn one book translation into a regular stream of work.
Las I Jornadas de Literaturas Hispánicas de UNIR tienen como objetivo analizar las nuevas narrativas del siglo XXI, en un momento en el que se ha experimentado un nuevo boom de la narrativa escrita en español a ambos lados del Atlántico, con un espíritu global, que ya no atiende a nacionalidades o identidades particulares.
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How can small acts transform the translation landscape? What does it take to map that landscape? And if translating is ‘writing in company’, then how do we nurture an interconnected community where new ideas and initiatives can take hold?
These are some of the questions that translators Daniel Hahn and Sarah Ardizzone will explore in their keynote conversation – focusing on specific examples and case-studies. They will then be joined by special guests: Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, who co-founded Cassava Republic to ‘change the way the world thinks about African writing’, and Layla Mohamed, assistant editor at Cassava. Bibi and Layla will share their experiences working on their first title in translation. There will be a short Q&A at the end.
This webinar provides an introduction to respeaking, a technique where a person uses speech recognition software to create subtitles in real-time. Traditionally, respeaking was intralingual – the subtitles were created in the same language as the one being spoken, and they captured what was said, and by whom, along with key sounds or music. In this way, they provided access for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people as they watched television. More recently, respeaking has been used in new settings, for example to create subtitles at semi-scripted or unscripted live events such as conferences, lectures or tours, and it has also become an interlingual practice, where the respeaker works across languages as they create their subtitles.
Have you ever wondered what beauty translation involves and what it takes to specialise in this field? Are you obsessed with skincare or fragrance, and want to turn your passion into a translation specialisation? This webinar will give you an introduction to the wonderful world of beauty and cosmetics, covering everything from sub-niches, projects and client types to the challenges of this creative yet technical field. The session will also touch on client acquisition before recommending the best tools, resources and strategies to help you develop a successful career as a beauty translator.
Are you struggling to choose your specialisms as a freelance translator or feeling overwhelmed by the confusing world of specialisms? This can be a really intimidating aspect of establishing a career in translation. This webinar will provide you with advice and guidance when it comes to using your interests and skills to explore potential specialisms, improving your skills in a new specialism and starting to acquire translation clients in your specialist field. The aim of this webinar is to make choosing and developing your specialism(s) less intimidating and more enjoyable, as well as to encourage translators to explore different options as they start and develop their careers.