Translation theories explained. Translating as a Purposeful Activity Functionalist Approaches Explained 2019-01-07

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Translation theory

translation theories explained

And the French translation says: He was in fact only a guide and nothing more, a guide being paid by this tourist, who was thought in the valley to be a writer of renown; some even claimed that he had already published some very, very fat books. Papers on Literary Translation and Translation Studies, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. Normally, it is not required for volunteers to have been trained in translation, but trained translators could also participate, such as the case of Translators without Borders. Here the distinction between the material, written text and its meaning is quite evident. The generic process for Equation and Substitution is Matching 1988:22 , which takes two forms: i alternation between Equation and Substitution for stylistic reasons; ii replacement by something that is neither Equation nor Substitution.

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Translation Theory, by T. David Gordon

translation theories explained

The text needed some form of Amplification. Again these are matters that take translational decision-making beyond the linguistic dimen- sion into such matters as cultural judgements and publishing policy. In the first approach, a subdivision of linguistics such as sociolinguis- tics might have something to say about the way in which language varies in relation to social status, age, gender and so on. Both theories recognize the limitations of a linguistic theory and argue that a translation can never be impossible since there are several methods that the translator can choose. For the pastor and teacher, it is important to be able to recognize the hypotactic structure of the original language, because it is frequently of theological and ethical significance. Ephesians 1:3-14, for instance, is one sentence in Greek, with well-defined subordinate clauses. But the struc- turalist linguistics that emerged from Saussure's work attempted to uncover the systematic and structured nature of other parts of language: the sound system phonetics and phonemics , the grammar system syntax, which is word order, and morphology, which is word shape and the meaning system semantics.

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Translation Strategies

translation theories explained

Translation studies has shown a tendency to broaden its fields of inquiry, and this trend may be expected to continue. As such, it is not, in their presentation, an especially interesting trans- lation case since it is based essentially on language knowledge. This led to the steady emancipation of the discipline and the consecutive development of a separate theoretical framework based - as are Translation Studies - on interdisciplinary premises. In a text on the likelihood of the Holocaust ever being repeated, for example, the student translator who wrote of a repeat performance might have de- cided, on consideration of connotational meaning, that the term was inappropriate to the subject matter. It is imperative that we do this with biblical literature as well.

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translation theories explained

translation theories explained

Both of these approaches are found in writings on linguistics and trans- lation, and we shall try to signal them as we go along. However, the two specific processes do not exhaust all the possibilities of the generic process so the latter are also discussed in their own right. In the scientific and technical literature that Jumpelt is talking about you would expect this strategy to succeed, although even in that kind of literature there are many factors that make the task harder than it might seem. This is simply because translation is decidedly a more difficult job than creation. Pym in focusing on contextual signification rather than systematic meaning; this can be achieved by undertaking componential analysis, comparison and deverbalization i. This tech- nique could clearly become all too safe a haven for the indecisive.


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Translation Strategies

translation theories explained

While the syntax of one language may be similar to the syntax of other languages, it is also dissimilar as well. Or is it because the makers of the Span- ish dictionary have decided to save some space on this word? The same is true of translation theory. It can be defined as a broad cultural approach to the study of power relations between different groups, cultures or peoples in which language, literature and translation may play a role. We shall thus also look at these more recent developments, especially in the later chapters. They are a fact of the language system not of trans- lation competence, A translator who is taken in by them simply has more language learning to do. We shall say no more about the issue here, since it will come up again in our section on sociolinguistics. London and New York: Routledge; Von Flotow, Luise.


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(PDF) Exploring Translation Theories

translation theories explained

They therefore suggest that these formal equivalents should be used wherever possible if the translation aims at achieving formal rather than dynamic equivalence. By using the functional grammar and season-word ontology, the author will throw light on the secret of efficiency in Haiku-like sentences. Beyond the Sentence: Context and Register 72 Context 72 Communicative event and register 74 Register 75 Register and language user 75 Register and language use 77 Register in practice 80 8. In terms of sheer percentages, more pulpit nonsense may be attributable to a misunderstanding of how words communicate meaning than any other interpretive error. Consequently, the dynamic equivalence translation can give a more specific rendering in English, being unbound by an attempt to reproduce the same Greek word in the same English manner. By contrast, if I were translating an engineering document describing machine-tool parts and made the foolhardy decision to convert the measure- ments from metric to imperial, then it w ould become necessary to use a cal as later because these figures are being pul to a different use. Levy 1969; 1 03-4 points out that the same effect could have been achieved by changing weasel to any other animal and altering all the other rhyming elements accordingly.


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Translation theory

translation theories explained

If translation is not possible, then what is it that language does? They radically question the assumption that translation occurs between cultures and languages that are radically separated. Hence she suggested a pragmatic and stylistic model for evaluating quality in translation. However, things are not that simple. Translation is possible in the sense that we humans have been doing it or claiming to have done it for many thousands of years, but we have been doing so without any assurance that the message sent was indeed the message that was received. Trainee translators in particular seem quite happy to use only the means immediately to hand, rather than going off to research more widely.

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Translation and Language: Linguistic Theories Explained by Peter Fawcett

translation theories explained

So how can we think about translation beyond equivalence? Arabic is the one divine language. Thus the French est une valeur dejct ancienne may be translated literally is an already old value but could also be translated as is by no means a new value. If you do not and if your dictionary doesn't come to your rescue then no amount of theory will help. There seems to be some similarity between Vinay and Darbelnets theory of translation procedures and Jakobsons theory of translation. Translation theorists have been cognizant of the problems attendant upon cultural knowledge and cultural differences at least since ancient Rome. She pointed out that some of the major problems of translation are over-translation, under-translation, and untranslatability. Tradi- tional linguistics handled syntax as a set of slots along the surface of the page or in the stream of spoken language; it tried to identify the function of each slot and what could go in it.

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