Language, culture and communication in contemporary Europe by Charlotte Hoffmann (Editor)

By Charlotte Hoffmann (Editor)

This paintings examines points of latest Europe's linguistic and cultural background, taking a multidisciplinary method of the topic. subject matters lined contain language and nationwide identification, language coverage for Europe, and translation as cross-cultural communique.

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Few trainees currently receive training in professional domains (such as the law or a science) as well as in language skills. Knowledge of one or more specialist domains is a premium skill for the modern professional translator. Apart from literary translation, the translation industry is likely to become an on-line information service, offered through telecommunications companies and network operators. Translation services will be directly accessible through an icon on the screen of the user's terminal.

Europe is rich in its resources of content, especially in publishing, and its population is typically well-educated, and well able to take advantage of the availability of interesting information content. The annual production of book titles in Europe, including the then Member States, Austria, Finland and Sweden, averaged over the previous decade, was 272,254 volumes. In this period, the number of books produced annually in Europe per million inhabitants was well in excess of all other countries in the world, with Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Austria at the head of the league with over 1,000 books per million inhabitants (compared with 258 per million in USA and 333 per million in Japan).

Many of these stages involve language-based activities, even where translation is not concerned. Translation/localisation costs for one language are estimated to vary around 3% of the cost of production of software. The cost of localising a product even into the national languages of Europe is currently very roughly 50% of the overall cost of product development, though the multiplication is not necessarily linear with increased numbers of languageversions. In the case of multi-media products, the proportion of production-costs devoted to localisation is yet higher than in ordinary software.

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