Technical glossary

Technical glossary of translation terms

Technical glossary

Occasionally, you’ll come across some unfamiliar terms on the intercontact website or when talking to people in the localisation and translation industry. You’ll find many of these terms listed here with short explanations.

Technical glossary


In the linguistic world, transcription refers to the transmission of spoken language into written form, known as sound to script. Examples here include typing up a doctor’s recorded voice notes into a medical transcription, or the audio-to-text transcription of an advert. The person who performs transcriptions is a transcriber.

Phonetic transcription (also known as phonetic script or phonetic notation) is the visual representation of speech sounds using symbols. This can be a great help for non-native speakers, as it is designed to communicate the right way to pronounce words.

Learn more about:  The meaning behind the term: transcription

See also: Transliteration

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