NCTA GENERAL MEETING – Add Style to Your Writing without Sacrificing Clarity

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Golden Gate University

536 Mission Street · San Francisco, CA

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12:30 p.m.: Orientation for New Members
For anyone who wants to know more about NCTA.

1:00 p.m.: Networking
Come meet and network with fellow translators and interpreters. Learn more about our association!

1:30 p.m.: NCTA Business + Sponsors

2:10 p.m – 3:30 pm.: Presentation

Plain Language 2.0 for Translation: Add Style to Your Writing without Sacrificing Clarity
Good writing is compelling. It's always clear and has pizazz. Plain Language (PL) champions good writing, and yet its efforts often fail because it mistakes oversimplification for clarity and style for verbosity. Some PL maxims are ill-suited to fix the problems we face: articulating complex ideas and solving translatability issues (stemming from conflicting worldviews between languages). Ditching the passive voice is hardly a solution. Come learn some writing secrets that will boost your clarity and enhance your style! We'll work on coherence and cohesion strategies (e.g., recasting, topicalization, ellipsis, etc.) that double up as translation techniques.

About the speaker

Romina Marazzato Sparano is a translator and educator specializing in medical localization and linguistics. She has worked directly and through service providers with Fortune 500 and top medical instruments companies. She has taught translation technology, localization, and Spanish translation courses. She designed and launched the Master of Arts in Translation/Localization Management Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Currently, she is conducting research in linguistics and U.S. Spanish.

3:40 p.m.: Networking

When: Saturday, February 9th, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Plus: New Member Orientation from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate University, Room TBD, 536 Mission St. (between 1st and 2nd), San Francisco

Transportation and Parking: Muni rail lines J, K, L, M, N, S or F; MUNI streetcars and buses 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 14, 21, 31, 38, 41, or 71. BART: Montgomery station.
Transportation to/from Sacramento (inexpensive, non-stop, express bus service): Megabus