ERIC Number: ED187120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Limitations of Linguistic Theories of Translation.
Paranjpe, P. N.
CIEFL Bulletin, v14 n1 p1-16 1978
Limitations of linguistic theories of translation are outlined and an argument is presented for the inclusion of an evaluation component in a comprehensive theory of translation. The tasks which a linguistic theory of translation sets for itself are formulated since these provide an ad hoc set of criteria for testing the adequacy of the various theories of translation and may also be used as criteria for classifying the linguistic approaches under review. Various theories of translation are examined, including those of Catford; Levy; Holliday; McIntosh and Streven; and Nida. The dissatisfaction with these and other linguistic theories of translation is their divergence from what is normally expected from a theory of translation--the ability to derive from it criteria against which to make value judgments on a given translation. The framework for such an ability must be linguistic because in the final analysis a translation is a linguistic artifact. The evaluation component of an integrated theory of translation must consist of, in addition to its linguistic framework, parameters derived from other disciplines. If these parameters are ordered hierarchically and a rigororous procedure for applying the parameters is established, an adequate linguistic theory of translation will result. (PMJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Inst. of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderbad (India).