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Title: Fascinated by Languages
Written By: Eugene A. Nida
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z_119
Description:

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

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Translation
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ISBN: 1588114082
ISBN-13: 9781588114082
Pages: vi, 157 pp.
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ISBN: 9027226016
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Pages: vi, 157 pp.
Prices: EUR 65.00