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Title: Effects of Pragmatic Interpretation on Translation
Subtitle: Communicative Gaps and Textual Discrepancies
Written By: Xosé Rosales Sequeiros
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Pragmatics 13
Description:

This book discusses the impact of pragmatic interpretation on translation.
It involves applications of contemporary semantic and pragmatic theory to
various translation areas. The main theoretical model adopted throughout is
provided by Relevance theory, as a general approach to verbal communication
and translation (see Sperber and Wilson 1995; and Gutt 2001). In this
respect, two of the main objectives of this book are, firstly, to explore
applications of this theory to translation in order to improve and expand
the description of the processes and products involved in translation
practice and, secondly, to investigate the consequences of these
applications for the theory itself.

The areas covered range from the role of pragmatics in translation, the
contrast between interlingual enrichment and impoverishment processes,
through to acceptability judgements in translation. The link between these
various topics stems from three basic assumptions made herein. Firstly,
translation is seen as an instantiation of language use, just like any
other form of verbal communication, with the only difference that it
involves two languages. Secondly, translation falls, consequently, within a
general theory of verbal communication, which covers both intra- and
inter-linguistic forms of language use. Finally, translation is studied
together alongside all other forms of verbal communication within a single
unified theoretical model, which in this book is Relevance theory (a
framework considered to be one of the main contemporary theories of verbal
communication, thus covering the study of translation). In this respect,
the applications explored here provide further evidence for the validity of
the theory adopted, particularly as a result of its use within a wider set
of translation data and languages.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Pragmatics
Semantics
Translation
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895869570
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 120
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