ERIC Number: ED339202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
"Everything Has Its Price": An Alternative to Normative Conditioning in Translator Training.
For translators to gain acknowledgement and recognition, they must acquire a set of translation norms. Norms are specific to sociocultural context, and at the same time are inherently changeable. Translators need to be aware of these characteristics. Because no translation training program can impart to students the whole complex of translation norms, even in a single culture, specialization has increased and the notion of social appropriateness in translation has been pushed aside. When trainees enter the real world of translation they must unlearn part of what they were taught and adjust to prevalent norms of appropriateness. What students are offered is generally only a series of directives for making translation decisions. Instead, students should be trained to consider what would be gained by taking a certain translation approach, what would be sacrificed, whether the gain is worth the loss, and whether there are alternatives with a better balance of gain and loss. Exercises to accomplish this objective include the following: (1) analysis of existing translations with no evaluative purpose in mind but to describe and explain them; and (2) translation in a particular style. This approach could open students' eyes to the many possible translation norms. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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