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In the translation world, the term “transcreation” began to circulate in the early 2000s in the form of publicity blurb used by language service providers (LSPs) “seeking to distance themselves from traditional translation firms” (Bernal Merino 2006). Many scholars (e.g., Gambier & Munday 2014) and translators feel that transcreation was no more than a “re-branding” (see Katan 2016: 377) of what a good translation should be: a re-creation of a text in another language – in particular where translation is inherently creative, such as in Literary translation, advertising or localization.

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Further essential reading

Gaballo, Viviana
2012 “Exploring the boundaries of transcreation in specialized translation.” ESP Across Cultures (9): 95–113.Google Scholar
Kapsaskis, Dionysius
(ed.) 2018 Translation in the creative industries . Special issue of JoSTrans, issue 29.Google Scholar
Katan, David, and Cinzia Spinzi
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Katan, David
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