cApStAn BVBA/SPRL - Linguistic Quality Control
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Title:Linguistic Quality Assurance - Linguistic Quality Control
Date of publishing:January 01, 2009
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Linguistic Quality Assurance - Linguistic Quality Control

Linguistic Quality Assurance (LQA) refers to a set of processes designed to ensure that multiple language versions of a document (or of a data collection instrument) will meet the highest possible standards of linguistic, cultural and functional equivalence.

Linguistic Quality Control (LQC) refers to a set of processes designed to check whether these high standards of linguistic, cultural and functional equivalence are indeed met; and to propose corrective action if they are not.

LQA includes a lot of upstream work: source optimization (including translatability assessment, creation of style guides and glossaries, drawing up translation and adaptation guidelines, locking non-translatable content), design of monitoring tools, workflow preparation. cApStAn acts LQA Consultant in many large scale multilingual projects.

LQC occurs after the translation, which is why we refer to downstream work: the key word here is translation verification.

cApStAn develops verification procedures in collaboration with researchers and with the client. Verifiers are trained to implement cApStAn's procedures and document their verification work in a standardised manner.

Validated materials are delivered together with verification reports in which corrections and suggestions are recorded. These can be discussed with the translation teams and with the client during a post-verification final check procedure.
 

"The original is unfaithful to the translation."



Jorge Luis Borges