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Title: Ethics and Politics of Translating
Written By: Henri Meschonnic
Series Title: Benjamins Translation Library 91

What if meaning were the last thing that mattered in language? In this essay,
Henri Meschonnic explains what it means to translate the sense of language
and how to do it. In a radical stand against a hermeneutical approach based
on the dualistic view of the linguistic sign and against its separation into a
meaningful signified and a meaningless signifier, Henri Meschonnic argues
for a poetics of translating. Because texts generate meaning through their
power of expression, to translate ethically involves listening to the various
rhythms that characterize them: prosodic, consonantal or vocalic patterns,
syntactical structures, sentence length and punctuation, among other
discursive means. However, as the book illustrates, such an endeavour goes
against the grain and, more precisely, against a 2500-year-old tradition in the
case of biblical translation. The inability of translators to give ear to rhythm in
language results from a culturally transmitted deafness. Henri Meschonnic
decries the generalized unwillingness to remedy this cultural condition and
discusses the political implications for the subject of discourse.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027286857
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