A Note on Word Expansion

March 1, 2010

An expansion rate is a technical term in translating that refers to the ratio between the number of words in the source document and the number of words in the target document. To visualize the word expansion concept, take the following example: The word “clockwise” is translated into Spanish as “En el sentido de las agujas del reloj”. In this case, word expansion occurs simply because there is not an equivalent word in Spanish. There are, however, many other reasons why word expansion may occur including grammar rules and language style. Request a PDF of this white paper

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