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Revision




Every professional translation deserves to be checked by a second translator (reviser) before delivery. Only an experienced translator can do this job, but many will not take revision assignments. Teachers and those who grade professional qualifying exams may seem suited to the work, but professional revision is not the same as grading papers or exams.

What Is Revision? Why Isn’t It Editing, Proofreading, or Something Else?

First of all, when translators and translation scholars talk about revision, they are using a technical term, one that is unfamiliar to those outside our industry. Webster’s New International Dictionary defines revision as:

-    The act of revising: reexamination or careful reading over for correction or improvement.

Different Types of Revision


The original article was published in the January 2013 issue of The ATA Chronicle and was written by Jonathan T. Hine.

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