Publication details [#1123]

Chan, Leo Tak-hung. 2002. Translating bilinguality: theorizing translation in the post-babelian era. The Translator 8 (1) : 49–72.
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Article in jnl/bk
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Translation is often defined as interlingual transfer, with correspondences sought between two languages. But what if the original text is written in more than one language? This paper addresses a number of situations where bilinguality impacts on the translation process and problematizes conventional concepts of translation. Several categories of examples are discussed. A close examination of works reveals the limits of existing translation theories which are based on a bilingual, one-to-one model and which do not take into consideration features of ‘interlinguality’ and ‘intralinguality’ within texts.
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