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Defining and describing editing

Joy Burrough-Boenisch

Abstract:

As ‘editing’ has many connotations, this chapter begins by briefly considering the broad concept. The etymology of the English word provides insights into multilingual terminology for polishing text for publication. Next, the chronology of text editing, the ‘levels of edit’ and other ways of describing editorial interventions are discussed and related to the editing of texts by non-native speakers of English. Points to consider when defining and describing an editing assignment are discussed. Finally, it is argued that editing texts by non-native speakers can be described as a hybrid of editing and translation. A glossary of text-editing terminology is appended.

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