Translation Policy
Thread poster: Masoud Kakoli

Masoud Kakoli
Iran
Local time: 10:09
English to Persian (Farsi)
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Jul 11, 2013

The following is a paragraph which states Holmes' defintion of translation policy. I can't understand the paragraph at all. Can someone help me understand this paragraph?

"Another area Holmes mentions is translation policy, where he sees the translation scholar advising on the place of translation in society, including what place, if any, it should occupy in the language teaching and learning curriculum."

What does "translation scholar" mean? Does it mean a student who study in the field of translation studies or it refers to the science of translation?

What does "the place of translation in society mean? Can you cite an example for me?


 

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 08:39
English to Polish
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... Jul 11, 2013

A translation scholar is a learned person with a professional academic interest in translation.

The place of translation in the society is basically the importance of it, the applications etc. The author specifically mentions language teaching, for example, and translation used to be used as a tool in that.

For example, you could say that in the early days of Islamic culture translation occupied a high place in that society, as translators brought knowledge from other cultures and made it available to Arabs through translation (and were supposedly paid the weight of their manuscripts in gold).


 

Masoud Kakoli
Iran
Local time: 10:09
English to Persian (Farsi)
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TOPIC STARTER
More elaboration Jul 11, 2013

Thanks for your reply.
Can you elaborate more? What does it mean that " a translation scholar advises on the place of translation in society?"

To put it in a nut shell, does the whole paragraph refer to the importance of translators in the society?


 

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 08:39
English to Polish
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Translatologist, sort of Jul 20, 2013

Masoud Kakoli wrote:

Thanks for your reply.
Can you elaborate more? What does it mean that " a translation scholar advises on the place of translation in society?"

To put it in a nut shell, does the whole paragraph refer to the importance of translators in the society?


You could understand arabistics (which the dumbed-down grammar-averse modern world would refer to as 'Arab Studies') as the study of everything Arabic. That, however, is not unlike any other -logy. The same could be said of translation studies. Someone whose field of study is translation will possibly research not only the ways of doing translation (the methodology of translation) but also its effects and its place in the society (basically, the sociology of translation).


 


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