chapter  1
Is translation theory relevant to translators’ problems? (aims of theory – needs of translators – conceptual tools)
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EW ‘Translation theory? Spare us...’ That’s the reaction to be expected from most practising translators. Messages from the ivory tower tend not to penetrate as far as the wordface. (The wordface is the place where we translators work – think of a miner at the coalface.)

Most of us had a brief brush with theory in our student days, when we absorbed whatever was needed to get us through our exams... and then proceeded to forget it, as we got to grips with the realities of learning how to do the job. There can be few professions with such a yawning gap between theory and practice.