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Poll: How many famous or well known translators/linguists can you name?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many famous or well known translators/linguists can you name?".

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Turkish to English
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None Jun 18, 2014

I do not think there is such a thing as a celebrity translator.

 

Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Would counting yourself as one be against the rule? Jun 18, 2014

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Other Jun 18, 2014

Maybe one or two more than last year when I answered the same question!

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/248770-poll_how_many_famous_well_known_translators_or_interpreters_can_you_name-page2.html


 

Gudrun Maydorn  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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Paul Maar Jun 18, 2014

Paul Maar is one of the most important modern German writers for children and young people. He is a novelist, playwright, translator and illustrator.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Maar

He is an artist at playing with words, both for books that he has translated and for those he has written himself. Some of his own books are actually untranslatable.

[Bearbeitet am 2014-06-18 08:31 GMT]


 

Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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Well known in their fields, if not world famous Jun 18, 2014

Off the top of my head...

Edith Grossman
Gregory Rabassa
Constance Garnett
Richard Wilbur
David Magarshak
Marion Peter Holt
Fernando Navarro
Lucia Graves
Stuart Gilbert


 

XXXphxxx (X)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Anthea Bell Jun 18, 2014

http://www.europe.org.uk/2012/09/24/queen-of-translators-anthea-bell/

 

Gilla Evans  Identity Verified
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Spanish to English
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Quite a few Jun 18, 2014

Margaret Jull Costa just got the OBE for services to literature (richly deserved for her translations of Saramago, among many others).

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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6 Jun 18, 2014

1. St. Jerome!!
2. Gregory Rabassa
3. Elizabeth Bishop
4. Samuel Putnam
5. Constance Garnett
6. Eugene Nida

I wanted to add Vladimir Nabokov, but it turns out his wife Vera was the translator in the family.

There's a list of famous translators at http://tinyurl.com/krdy8ol.

To my surprise, Whittaker Chambers--the famous Soviet spy--made the list. He translated "Bambi" into English. Who knew!?!!!


[Edited at 2014-06-18 11:03 GMT]


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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English to Danish
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None Jun 18, 2014

and I never think of it...

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Other Jun 18, 2014

None. There was something about one on Facebook today, but I had no time to read the article and don't recall his name...

[Edited at 2014-06-18 14:04 GMT]


 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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Biographies of well-known linguists Jun 18, 2014

The LinguistList maintains a page with short biographies from linguists about how they became linguists (real linguists, not translators):
http://linguistlist.org/studentportal/linguists/index.cfm


 

David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
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German to English
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Linguists? Jun 18, 2014

You mean, like David Crystal, Noam Chomsky, Henry Widdowson, Sapir, Frank Palmer, David Wilson, William Nemser, Michael Halliday, Saussure, Seidlhofer, Bllomfield ... I could go on for ages.

Do you think we could stop calling people who speak a foreign language a linguist?


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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I'm surprised... Jun 18, 2014

Yasutomo Kanazawa wrote:

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Alberto Montpellier  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
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not linguists, then? Jun 18, 2014

Jeff Whittaker wrote:

The LinguistList maintains a page with short biographies from linguists about how they became linguists (real linguists, not translators):
http://linguistlist.org/studentportal/linguists/index.cfm


I take it translators are no real linguists, then... Hmmm... interesting. :|


 
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