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Subject: discrepancy of translation of Bally's sentence
Question: Eugenio Coseriu cites Bally's sentence (from linguistique generale et linguistique francaise p.18)in his book [Sincronia,
diacronia e historia 1p.]'' les langues changent sans cesse et ne
peuvent fonctionner qu'en ne changeant pas''.

the books of Italian and Portuguese version translate respectively as follows:
It. le lingue cambiano continuamente e non possono funzionare se
non cambiando.
Pt. as linguas mudam sem cessar e nao podem funcionar nao mundando.

Nevertheless, the Russian version translates as follows:
Языки неперывно изменяются,однако они могут фунционировать
только неизменяясь.

Japanese version translates like rus.one.

Quite contrary in its meaning.

Be kind enough to let me know why such discrepancy happens in
translation, though French, Italian and Portuguese are of Romance languages.

Yoshimasa Sato: amateur linguist aficionado interested in Coseriu's way of thinking regarding historical linguistic.
Thanks a lot in advance.

From: Yoshimasa Sato
Date: 26-Jul-2013
Replies:
  1. Re: discrepancy of translation of Bally's sentence    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (29-Jul-2013)
  2. Re: discrepancy of translation of Bally's sentence    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (30-Jul-2013)

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