A University Handbook on Terminology and Specialized Translation (A book review)

Terminology book UNEDAs a result of my recent blog post on a review of TermCoord’s free resources on Terminology, I came across this handbook that caught my attention right away, as I am always looking for didactic material that is easy to understand.

This book, or rather handbook, is a great guide for translators and students of translation who want to learn about specialized translation and how to manage terminology. The author, Noa Talaván Zanón, has a PhD in English Studies from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED, Spain) and specializes in English for Specific Purposes, Computer Assisted Language Learning, and Audiovisual Translation. She is also a lecturer at UNED for English for Professional Purposes, Translation, and English as a Foreign Language.

The handbook is great for beginners and an excellent guide for teachers because it offers exercises and a key (sample responses), as well as a short glossary with financial, legal and administrative terms. Mind you, not a long glossary but I think it can help beginners and students to get a grasp on the topics.

It includes five Modules: (1) Terminology and Translation (defines terminology, identifies users and resources and introduces specialized translation); (2) Specialized Languages and Terminology Management (introduces terminological units, borrowings and calques, and terminology principles and management); (3) Translation Practice (presents parallel texts, documentation, computer assisted translation, etc.); (4) Specialized Translation I (talks about translation related to tourism, advertising, dubbing, and subtititling; (5) Specialized Translation II (covers scientific and technical texts and the language of law, administration and finance). Juan Antonio Solís Becerra from Universidad de Murcia (Spain) wrote a more detailed review here.

At the time of this post, the book sells directly from UNED for 24 euros and approximate shipping to the US is 17 euros, but they will give you an estimate beforehand. Make sure you let them know that you are not an UNED student so that they can send you a page for credit card payment and waive a registration letter that new students need to submit. (And, no, I don’t get any commissions). 🙂 Click here to go to UNED’s library to purchase it.

Happy reading!




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