Text Typology and Translation

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Anna Trosborg
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 345 pages
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This book breaks new ground in translation theory and practice. The central question is: In what ways are translations affected by text types? The two main areas of investigation are: A. What are the advantages of focusing on text types when trying to understand the process of translation? How do translators tackle different text types in their daily practice? B. To what extent and in what areas are text types identical across languages and cultures? What similarities and dissimilarities can be observed in text types of original and translated texts?Part I deals with methodological aspects and offers a typology of translations both as product and as process. Part II is devoted to domain-specific texts in a cross-cultural perspective, while Part III is concerned with terminology and lexicon as well as the constraints of mode and medium involving dubbing and subtitling as translation methods. Sonnets, sagas, fairy tales, novels and feature films, sermons, political speeches, international treaties, instruction leaflets, business letters, academic lectures, academic articles, medical research articles, technical brochures and legal documents are but some of the texts under investigation.In sum, this volume provides a theoretical overview of major problems and possibilities as well as investigations into a variety of text types with practical suggestions that deserve to be weighted by anyone considering the relation between text typology and translation. The volume is indispensable for the translator in his/her efforts to become a "competent text-aware professional."

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Register Genre and Text Type
Text Types and Translation
A Functional Typology of Translations
Some Methodological Issues
Approaches to Literary Genres
Text Types and Power Relations
Some Approaches to the English Translations of Hans Christian Andersen
Part II Domain and GenreSpecific Texts
Translating Legal Genres
Part III Terminology and Lexicon
Synonymy and Equivalence in Speciallanguage Texts A Case Study in German and English Texts on Genetic Engineering
Reference Corpora and Lexicons for Translators and Translation Studies
Texts Types and Medium
The AudioMedial Text in Translation
Textual Characteristics of a Special Form of Translation
The Rendering of English Idioms in Danish Television Subtitles vs Printed Translations

Strategies of Translating Political Texts
Translating Hybrid Political Texts
Translation of Medical Research Articles
Translation of Technical Brochures

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