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    Philologists, translators and interpreters study the origin, development and structure of languages, and translate or interpret from one language into another.

    Tasks include -

    (a) studying relationships between ancient parent languages and modern language groups, tracing the origin and evolution of words, grammar and language forms, and presenting findings;

    (b) advising on or preparing language classification systems, grammars, dictionaries and similar materials;

    (c) translating from one language into another and ensuring that the correct meaning of the original is retained, that legal, technical or scientific works are correctly rendered, and that the phraseology and terminology of the spirit and style of literary works are conveyed as far as possible;

    (d) develop methods for the use of computers and other instruments to improve productivity and quality of translations;

    (e) interpreting from one language into another, in particular at conferences, meetings and similar occasions, and ensuring that the correct meaning and, as far as possible, the spirit of the original are transmitted;

    (f) preparing scholarly papers and reports;

    (g) performing related tasks;

    (h) supervising other workers.

    Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Interpreter

  • Lexicographer

  • Philologist

  • Translator

  • Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Editor - 2451

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 Updated 10 August 2004, by VA.