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Fundamentals of Translation

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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107645462

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  • Clear and concise, this textbook provides a non-technical introduction to the basic and central concepts of translation theory and practice, including translation briefs, parallel texts and textual functions, cohesion and coherence, and old and new information. Colina focuses on the key concepts that beginning students of translation, practising translators, language students and language professionals need to understand. Numerous exercises (discussion, group and individual) at the end of each chapter and 'Practice' activities throughout each chapter allow students to self-assess their practical understanding of chapter topics. In addition, examples, figures and text extracts from a wide variety of world languages contextualise chapter material and produce a lively and accessible narrative. Suitable for non-specialists with no prior experience of translation, it will also be of interest to practising translators, language students and language industry professionals who wish to gain a wider and up-to-date understanding of translation.

    • Bridges the gap between theory and practice, ensuring that students gain both a solid grasp of the theoretical foundations of translation studies and the practical skills needed to carry out translation work
    • Suggestions for further reading are provided for students who wish to engage more deeply in theoretical topics
    • Reflects fully up-to-date views of language and translation and dispels common myths
    • Includes a full answer key to all chapter exercises
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This engaging, hands-on textbook offers students, trainers, and practitioners alike an ideal overview of how fundamental theoretical concepts shape the real world of professional translation. A timely, user-friendly contribution.' Erik Angelone, Kent State University

    'Fundamentals of Translation addresses a real need, explaining a complex subject without oversimplifying. It is clearly written, supported by many excellent examples, good exercises and transfer opportunities. I will certainly recommend it to my students.' Karen Seago, City University London

    'Colina proposes a long overdue integration of the insights of two genre-based fields – translation studies and pragmatics - to improve the analyses of texts in context during the translation process.' Barbara A. Lafford, Arizona State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107645462
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 83 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The term 'translation': concepts, definitions, and usage
    2. The functions of translation: functionalism
    3. Pragmatics: translation functions and language functions
    4. Texts and translation
    5. Reading and translation
    6. Social aspects of translating
    7. Translation quality
    Answer key

  • Author

    Sonia Colina, University of Arizona
    Sonia Colina is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, where she teaches linguistics and translation. The author of Translation Teaching: From Research to the Classroom (2003), she has also published numerous articles in edited volumes and journals including Target, The Translator, Babel, Linguistics and Lingua. She is on the editorial board of Translation and Interpreting Studies (TIS) and on the International Advisory Board of The Interpreter and Translator Trainer.

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