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Most influential names on history of modern translation.
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Eugenio Manzo
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Apr 13, 2014

Hi everyone.

I was asked to do a research about the main nemes or characters on translation studies or those who have contribuited to the development of this science.

I'll be very gratefull for your help.


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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Many Apr 13, 2014

Plato, Noam Chomsky, Nabokov, some Sanskrit scholars, DeSaussure, Aristotle, Heidegger.



[Edited at 2014-04-13 17:18 GMT]


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Zuzana Novotná  Identity Verified
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Also... Apr 13, 2014

St. Jerome, Tytler, Schleiermacher...and a lot of "contemporary" ones, such as Newmark, Nida and others.

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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
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Whoever invented Trados, improved Google Translate and developed reverse auctions.

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Machine translation does not count. Apr 13, 2014

Who cares about Trados--this is IT, not the translation theory, per se, although I think Noam Chomsky contributed to computational linguistics, to some extent at least.

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Most influential names on history of modern translation Apr 13, 2014

Evgeniy Solonovich, Noam Chomsky, Nabokov.

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George Trail  Identity Verified
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I am! Apr 13, 2014

I am a professional translator and I believe that I am one of the most influential names in the history of modern translation: I invite you to read my blog comments on my Facebook business account so that you may understand what I mean:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Trail-Translator/100196693403744


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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
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Excellent comedy Apr 14, 2014

Hmm, some good comedy replies there, but we should probably help our newbie friend.

Translation studies as it's taught in universities often touches on the following people:

Walter Benjamin
Vinay & Darbelnet
Catford
Nida
Jakobson
Steiner
Toury
Vermeer
Spivak

These are some the names which get thrown around a lot in English-speaking universities, anyway. Google and enjoy.


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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It depends on the language Apr 14, 2014

In German studies Katharina Reiss, Hans Vermeer, Justa Holz-Mänttäri et. al. are the important names for MODERN translation theory.

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Peter Simon  Identity Verified
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A Hungarian Apr 14, 2014

To me, the name of Lomb Kató jumps to mind instantly, not because she was a theorist, but because she was arguably the first internationally known simultaneous translator. She also wrote several books on learning new languages and translating, she can be a highly valuable name on your list. She may be more valuable than several linguists mentioned who didn't do much for translators as such.

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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You might have meant an interpreter Apr 14, 2014

How do you know she was the first one to do simultaneous interpretig? Interpreting is even mentioned in the Bible-- the Old Testament.

As to Steiner--did, you mean the social scientist and philosopher, Phil? Wittgenstein would be another one who contributed a lot.



[Edited at 2014-04-14 10:21 GMT]


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Eugenio Manzo
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THANK YOU A LOT Apr 15, 2014

All of your aswershave been very helpfull for my purpose specially Phill Hand and Zuzana Novotná.

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Miguel Shaw
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Tolkien Jun 10, 2014

I believe Tolkien's translation of Beowulf was influential. So you might consider him.

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Xuan Zhuang, Fu Yan Jun 11, 2014

2 Chinese classic ones, not modern. But their thoughts about translation are still useful today.

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Tolkien? Jun 11, 2014

Miguel Shaw wrote:
I believe Tolkien's translation of Beowulf was influential. So you might consider him.


Tolkien's translation of Beowulf dates from 1926, and it wasn't published until this year. So it can't have been influential, and I wonder where one must draw the line for "modern".


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