"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
Bourdieu and the Sociology of Translation and Interpreting
Special Issue of The Tranlslator (Volume 11/2, 2005)
Bourdieu's key concepts of habitus, field and capital have been adopted or
adapted to elaborate the social and cultural nature of translation or
interpreting activity, to locate this activity within social structures and
social institutions, and to analyse the cultural, historical and political
specificity of translation and interpreting practices. This special issue
of The Translator explores the emergence and subsequent development of
Bourdieu's work within translation and interpreting studies.
Contributors to this volume offer their critical assessment of the force of
Bourdieu's arguments in clarifying, strengthening or challenging existing
analyses of the role of the social in translation and interpreting studies.
The topics include a consideration of the role of habitus and
symbolic/linguistic capital in translation and interpreting within the
legal field; a critical evaluation of how educational sign language
interpreters serve to reinforce the continuation of exclusionary practices
toward deaf pupils within mainstream schooling; a critique of the dominant
historiography of the early translations of Shakespeare's drama in Egypt;
an exploration of Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, capital and illusio in
relation to the formation of the literary field in France and America in
the 19th and 20th century; a re-evaluation of the potential for a
theoretical alliance between Latour's actor-network theory and Bourdieu's
reflexive sociology; and a discussion of the ethnographic epistemological
foundations of Bourdieu's work with reference to political asylum
procedures in Belgium. From varying perspectives, the papers in this volume
demonstrate the contribution of Bourdieu's work toward the continued
elaboration of sociological perspectives within translation and