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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Translation Failure

After Babel: Aspects of language and translation, 3rd Ed.,
George Steiner, OUP, 1998, page 49

Sometimes translation just does not work:

On the inter-lingual level, translation will pose concentrated, visibly intractable problems; but these same problems abound, at a move covert or conventionally neglected level, intra-ligually.

In fact, Steiner argues, the most frequent causes of misunderstanding are a failure to translate properly.

In short: inside or between languages, human communication equals translation. A study of translation is a study of language.

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