MET workshops

MET-Asetrad Day 2015 - False friends and absent friends

Alan Lounds

This talk will go beyond the most obvious false friends encountered in translation between Spanish and English to consider the more subtle ones. It will also deal with a few cases in which zero translation is recommendable. Some examples from bilingual corpora will be presented.

Alan Lounds is head of the Language Advisory Unit at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, where he manages the translation of institutional and academic documents and the creation of language support resources. He has 25 years’ experience as a freelance editor and translator and also teaches academic writing. He is a founder member and the current CPD chair of Mediterranean Editors and Translators.