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Books: Translation: Nida

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  1. paul, Fascinated by Languages: Nida

Message 1: Fascinated by Languages: Nida

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2003 16:35:08 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Fascinated by Languages: Nida

Title: Fascinated by Languages
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: Eugene A. Nida, 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588114082, Pages: vi, 157 pp., Price: USD 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027226016, Pages: vi, 157 pp., Price: EUR 65.00

In this unique account of 60 years of Bible translation, Eugene Nida
sets out his journey with a personal touch. On the way, he reveals the
importance of a solid knowledge of Greek and Hebrew as well as of the
historical settings in which the Bible was created, in order to render
effective translations. Through his story we get to know Nida's views
on translations through the ages, in different cultures and narrative
traditions, right through to the 21st Century. This book is in the
first place a study in anthropological linguistics that tells the rich
history of Bible translation, the Bible Societies, translator
training, and cultural translation problems.

Eugene A. Nida (1914) went to UCLA (Phi Beta Kappa, 1936) and the
University of Southern California (Helenistic Greek, 1939). He taught
at the Summer Institute of Linguistics from 1937-1952 and is past
president of the Linguistic Society of America (1968). >From
1943-1981 he was language consultant for the American Bible Society
and the United Bible Societies which led him to study many cultures
across 96 countries and to lecture in over a hundred universities and
colleges to this day. His published works include Bible Translating
(1946), Customs and Cultures (1954), Toward a Science of Translating
(1964), Religion across Cultures (1968), The Sociolinguistics of
Intercultural Communication (1996) and Translation in Context (2002).

Table of contents

Fascinated by languages 1 

Part I. In more than ninety countries 9 
Travel surprises 11 
Africa South of the Sahara 13 
Asia 25 
Latin America 46 
North America 53 
Eastern Europe 58 
Western Europe 62 

Part II: Bible Translation, Texts and Interpretations 67 
Bible translation 69 
Bible as literary genre 81 
Texts and interpretations 87 
Specifc Bible translation problems 117 

Part III. A Personal Touch 133 
Who am I? 135 
Selective bibliography 145 
Index 153

Lingfield(s): Translation
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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