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LINGUIST List 23.5229

Thu Dec 13 2012

Books: Descriptive Translation Studies – and beyond: Toury

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Dec-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Descriptive Translation Studies – and beyond: Toury
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Title: Descriptive Translation Studies – and beyond
Subtitle: Revised edition
Series Title: Benjamins Translation Library 100

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/btl.100

Author: Gideon Toury

Electronic: ISBN: 9789027274595 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027274595 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027274595 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027224484 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027224484 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 100.70
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027224484 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027224491 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027224491 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 34.98
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027224491 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 33.00


This is an expanded and slightly revised version of the book of the same title
which caused quite a stir when it was first published (1995). It thus reflects
an additional step in an ongoing research project which was launched in the
1970s. The main objective is to transcend the limitations of using descriptive
methods as a mere ancillary tool and place a proper branch of DTS at the very
heart of the discipline, between the theoretical and the applied branches.
Throughout the book, theoretical and methodological discussions are
illustrated by an assortment of case studies, the emphasis being on the need
to take whatever one wishes to focus on within the contexts which are relevant
to it. Part One discusses the pivotal position of the descriptive branch
within Translation Studies, and Part Two then outlines a detailed rationale
for that positioning. This, in turn, supplies a framework for the case studies
comprising Part Three, where a number of exemplary issues are analysed and
contextualized: texts and modes of translational behaviour are situated in
their cultural setting, and textual components are related to their texts and
then also to the cultural constellations in which they are embedded. All this
leads to Part Four, which asks what the knowledge accumulated through
descriptive studies of the kind advocated in the book is likely to yield in
terms of both the theoretical and the applied branches of the field. All in
all: an innovative, thought-provoking book which no one with a keen interest
in translation can afford to ignore.

Linguistic Field(s): Translation

Written In: English (eng)

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