Back translation definition
In linguistic terms, a back translation refers to the procedure according to which a translator interprets or translates a document previously translated into another language back to the original language. It offers clients additional quality and accuracy assurance for their most sensitive translations and localization projects.
With a back translation you can evaluate equivalence of meaning between the source and target documents. A back translation is usually a quite literal translation, so it gives a close approach to the exact meaning of the target language.
The post-back translation phase is called reconciliation, which we will see in the next post.