Poll Results

One of our previous posts, The Science of Translation, contained a poll asking readers to decide what translation is: a craft, science or art. After over a month of polling, the results are as follows:
Craft 50%
Art 29%
Science 21%

The high figure for science may come as a surprise to some.

In another post, Translation – in a Word, we looked at various definitions of translation with readers being asked to look at two sets of definitions. After two months of polling, readers said (in the first set of words) that translation is:
to render 47%
to interpret 27%
to understand 17%
to recapitulate 9%

In the second set of words, translation is:
to transfer 42%
to transpose 29%
to transform 18%
to translocate 11%

Is this what translation professionals actually believe? Does this in fact reflect reality?


4 thoughts on “Poll Results

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  2. Craft 50%
    Art 29%
    Science 21%

    The high figure for science may come as a surprise to some.

    I love polls but, they too are statistics which means, the question and how it is asked is critical because, it shapes the outcome of the answers. In any poll, the answers are part of the question. If “Science” were not the 3rd choice but instead “Neither Art nor Craft” would that have also rated 21%, my guess is yes. That is based on my reading of the answers as “Art” and “Craft” is not as precise as “Science” so people who think translation is precise choose science by default.

    You ask, Does this in fact reflect reality? I think it does but, within the limits of the questions themselves. Keep polling and posting! I really enjoy it.

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