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Fri Nov 25 2011

Calls: Translation/Italy

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        1.     Artemij Keidan , Translation Techniques in the Asiatic Cultures

Message 1: Translation Techniques in the Asiatic Cultures
Date: 23-Nov-2011
From: Artemij Keidan <artemij.keidanuniroma1.it>
Subject: Translation Techniques in the Asiatic Cultures
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Full Title: Translation Techniques in the Asiatic Cultures

Date: 15-Jun-2012 - 17-Jun-2012
Location: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Contact Person: Artemij Keidan
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://asiatica.wikispaces.com/Translation+in+antiquity

Linguistic Field(s): Translation

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

The Coffee Break Project announces the third annual meeting 'The Study of Asia: Between Antiquity and Modernity'. As usual, one of the panels of the meeting is devoted to language and linguistics. This time the main topic regards the translation techniques used by translators that operated in the past, within one of the possible Asiatic cultural areas (Near East, Central Asia, South Asia, Far East).

For further information, please view our website:


Call for Papers:

Papers are welcome dealing with translation techniques in Asiatic cultural context, possibly in ancient period, but even in modern times provided that the translator is unaware of the modern linguistic theories. A theoretical approach similar, or equivalent, to the one presented on our website should be used as a general framework. Papers on, for instance, the following topics are welcome:

- Religious texts: how to preserve in translation the original wording which is thought to be sacred; e.g. Bible translation from Aramaic and Hebrew to Greek, and from Greek to other languages
- Technical and scientific texts: how to translate a complicated terminology possibly lacking in the target language; e.g. Greek scientific and philosophical treatises translated into Syriac and Arabic
- Grammatical treatises: how to adapt the source grammatical device for the description of a typologically different language; e.g. Indian grammatical treatises translated into Tibetan
- Poetry: how to convey metrics and rhymes to a different language

The proposed papers may treat the following historical-cultural areas, among others:

- Ancient Mesopotamia (Sumerian, Accadian, Hittite, Hurrite)
- Ancient India and neighbouring areas (Sanskrit, Middle Indo-Aryan languages, Tocharian, Tibetan, Dravidian languages, Indonesian languages, etc.)
- Ancient Eastern Asia (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese)
- Near Eastern area and Islamic cultures (Old and Middle Persian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, Turkish)
- Classical world and Christianity (Greek, Latin, Coptic, Gothic, Armenian, Georgian, Old English, Slavic)
- Any possible mixture of the above-mentioned cultural traditions

Obviously, any other areal, cultural and cross-cultural case is also welcomed.

Important Dates and Further Information:

Potential participants should send the chairman a provisional title and a long abstract (2000 words ca.) no later than January 31, 2012.

Please include your name and affiliation and indicate 'CBC2012' in the object field.

The admission will be communicated to the author no later than February 15, 2012.

The general assumptions about the Coffee Break project are to be found here:


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