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The status of the translation profession in the European Union
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  • Anthony PYM, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • François GRIN, Université de Genève
  • Claudio SFREDDO, Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale
  • Lung Jan, Andy CHAN, City University of Hong Kong
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Anthem Press

Based on thorough and extensive research, this book examines in detail traditional status signals in the translation profession. It provides case studies of eight European and non-European countries, with further chapters on sociological and economic modelling, and goes on to identify a number of policy options and make recommendations on rectifying problem areas.

There are strong indications that traditional mechanisms of signalling the status of translators are no longer functioning as they should, and that new online mechanisms are turning status into a readily available commodity. Despite demonstrating that some of the traditional status signals do still function relatively well, the book nevertheless finds that others appear to be failing for various reasons, and that this has resulted in a degree of market disorder. Such circumstances may cause good translators to leave the market, which is clearly an undesirable situation for all concerned.

The work was written by a team of eminent scholars in the field, with contributions from a host of other academics and professional translators, and includes five appendices providing very useful information on areas of specific interest.

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This report was funded by the European Commision's Directorate-General for Translation. It nevertheless reflects the views of the authors only, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for the nature of use if the information contained herein.
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Pym, A., Grin, F., Sfreddo, C., & Chan, A. L. J. (2013). The status of the translation profession in the European Union. London: Anthem Press. doi: 10.2782/64819