Translation terminology and its offshoots

Yves Gambier

We have today a number of versions in different languages of Terminologie de la traduction / Translation terminology, originally compiled in four languages by Jean Delisle, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Monique C. Cormier (1999). To assess how these versions were prepared, nine editors have been contacted by e-mail and asked to respond to a series of questions: How did they proceed to select the terms, to write their definitions, to insert the examples? In a paradoxical way, the answers do not seem to reflect a clear and thorough methodology. The metalanguage of translation is far from enjoying consensus and the way to reach an agreement is all but simple.

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In 1999, Translation terminology, edited by Jean Delisle, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Monique C. Cormier, assisted by 15 collaborators, was published. The book appeared in four languages (English, French, German and Spanish) under the auspices of FIT (Fédération internationale des traducteurs) and CIUTI (Conférence internationale permanente d’instituts universitaires de traducteurs et interprètes). Its main aim was “to make a practical contribution to the teaching of translation by defining a carefully selected set of terminology that is commonly used in training translators” (p. 108), the editors being “very much aware that it would be impossible to maintain complete parallelism among the conceptual networks of the four languages” (p. 109). Aims and procedures are explicitly given in the four introductions (pp. 2–6, 108–112, 214–218, 324–328). A few reviews of the book have appeared in different Journals (Tatilon 2000; Sánchez 2000; Cammaert 2001, Gambier 2001).

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Primary sources

Delisle, Jean, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Monique C. Cormier
eds. 1999Terminologie de la traduction / Translation terminology / Terminología de la traducción / Terminologie der Übersetzung. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 433 pp.   DOI logoGoogle Scholar

Foreign versions of Delisle et al. 1999, in chronological order:

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in Albanian): translation by Edmont Tupja and Mirela Kumbaro. Tirana: University of Tirana.
in Greek): translation and adaptation by Georgios Floros. Nicosia: University of Cyprus.
in Thai): translation by Maneerat Sawasdiwat Na Ayutthaya. Thanyaburi: Rajamanjala University of Technology.

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