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Field Convergence between Technical Writers and Technical Translators: Consequences for Training Institutions

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5 Author(s)
Gnecchi, M. ; Joint Res. Centre, Eur. Comm., Ispra, Italy ; Maylath, B. ; Mousten, B. ; Scarpa, F.
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As translation of technical documents continues to grow rapidly and translation becomes more automated, the roles of professional communicators and translators appear to be converging. This paper updates preliminary findings first presented at the 2008 International Professional Communication Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada. It analyzes trends revealed from recent surveys and recommends follow-up research to determine if the trends may continue and become entrenched. The authors conclude with recommendations for academic programs interested in adjusting to the trends.

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 2 )