TITLE

Deconstructing Comparative Translation: Facts, Myths and Limitations

AUTHOR(S)
Alan Tse Chung
PUB. DATE
December 2012
SOURCE
Translation Quarterly;2012, Issue 66, p77
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
What is the objective of comparative translation? Andre Lefevere (1992) compares the different renderings of Lysistrata, an ancient Greek play, by diff erent translators at diff erent times and concludes that the translator is oft en at the mercy of the ideology and patronage. Lefevere's project illustrates the fact that conclusions drawn from comparing and contrasting diff erent translations are very oft en extraneous to translation per se, and they certainly have nothing to do with the "quality of translation". Likewise, Tse (2003) observes that translation as an act and translations as texts are very oft en bound up with the socio-political matrix in which they are situated. Thus seen, comparative translation tends to inform us, more than anything else, about the social or personal background against which a particular translation was done, as well as the various constraints which bear on a particular act of translating. This is where we find both the significance and limitations of comparative translation.
ACCESSION #
87627881

 

Related Articles

  • The meaning of "meaning": Reflection on linguistic school's theoretical description of meaning in translation. He Yan // US-China Education Review;Mar2008, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p34 

    The issue of meaning is undoubtedly significant in translation theory. Based on Catford's and Nida's view on meaning in translation, this paper aims at explore linguistic school's contribution to the theoretical description of meaning. With Nida's semantic studies as a focus, it argues that...

  • STRUCTURAL COMPLETENESS OF TECHNICAL TEXTS IN RUSSIAN-ENGLISH TRANSLATION. Izmaylov, A. Z.; Tsvetkov, V. E. // Construction: Science & Education;2014, Issue 2, p44 

    The given article considers the structural peculiarities of original technical texts to be translated into English. The authors show systematic action of translating mechanism and systematize main translating transformations for adequate reproduction of form and content of the original material,...

  • A NEGAÇÃO SENTENCIAL E O EFEITO DE BLOQUEIO NO PORTUGUÊS BRASILEIRO. de Sousa, Lílian Teixeira // Revista Recorte;2012, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p1 

    Brazilian Portuguese (BP) -- as shown in linguistic literature -- exhibits alternating negative structures: [NEG VP]; [NEG VP NEG] and [VP NEG]. This alternation is quite rare in natural language; much more frequent is a paradigm of only two structures, one generating a neutral and one an...

  • Chief Editor's Note. Leo Chan // Translation Quarterly;2012, Issue 66, preceding pvi 

    An introduction is presented in which the editor discusses various reports within the issue on topics including a research on translation and interpretation, Chinese responses to Western theories of translation, and the comparison between translation traditions.

  • Aspectual Constraints in the Mental Lexicon. Slabakova, Roumyana // Journal of Psycholinguistic Research;Mar2001, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p197 

    This study addresses the question of whether constraints on aspectual semantics play a role in lexical processing. Two universal cognitive constraints are identified: “states cannot be delimited” and “telic predicates cannot be further telicized.” The study investigates...

  • Informativeness and explicit linking in the translation of the English V-ing free adjuncts into Catalan. Espunya, Anna // Languages in Contrast;2007, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p143 

    This paper reports on a study designed to assess the influence of the pragmatic Principle of Informativeness on the translatorial strategy of explicitation. It replicates a previous study on the occurrence of conjunctional augmentation of English present participle free adjuncts in a monolingual...

  • PHILOSOPHISING IN LANGUAGES. CASSIN, BARBARA // Nottingham French Studies;Summer2010, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p17 

    In this article, the author reflects on the translation of philosophy and discusses the goals that the "Dictionary of Untranslatables" attempted to achieve. The author explains that the purpose of the book was not to present perfect translation, but to clarify contradictions. The book begins...

  • Negative Polarity and Scalar Semantics in Spanish. Aranovich, Raúl // Lingvisticae Investigationes;Jun2007, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p181 

    Licensing of NPIs in Spanish varies depending on the semantics of the trigger. Nonveridical operators license n-words, and antiveridical operators license ni-minimizers. I argue that the NPIs that can occur in antiveridical contexts have a scalar presupposition, but those that are licensed in...

  • WHY DO WE SAY…? ROOSTER. Rawson, Hugh // American Heritage;Aug/Sep2006, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p9 

    The article describes the origin of the word Rooster. Today the term rooster refers to a male chicken. The appearance of the word in the written record toward the end of the eighteenth century helps signal a major cultural and linguistic change. Rooster refers to the bird's habit of perching on...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics