Intralingual intertemporal translation as a relevant category in translation studies


This article argues for intralingual intertemporal translations as a separate category within the field of translation studies. Not only do these translations seem to have common characteristics and behaviors, but it is precisely their particularities that make them a key to understanding more ‘typical’ translations. Two main sets of examples will serve as demonstration: translations from Old French into Middle and Modern French, and a Modern Hebrew translation of the Old Testament, originally written in Biblical Hebrew, as well as the public discussion following its publication.

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The aim of this article is to argue for intralingual intertemporal translations as a separate category within the field of translation studies. It will refer only to cases of translation between two chronological layers of the same language. Such translations seem to have common characteristics and behaviors, and it is necessary to invest further efforts in exploring what singles them out as a class from other translations. While this paper will argue that intralingual intertemporal translations are worth a separate examination, it will also be shown that it is precisely their particularities that make them a key to understanding more ‘typical’ translations.

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