Translation of quotations
Thread poster: Lucia De Rocco

Lucia De Rocco  Identity Verified
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Dec 12, 2005

I've recently translated a text from Italian to English containing some quotations in ancient Florentine. My question is if it is better in these cases to leave the original text in quotations and then to add in parenthesis [....] the English translation.
From English to Italian this would become: [...N.d.T]. Do I have to write the equivalent of Nota del traduttore also in English?
Thanks in advance and best regards


Jerónimo Fernández  Identity Verified
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Ask your customer Dec 12, 2005

Salve Lucia,

I'd recommend that you ask your customer. S/he can tell you what s/he needs way much better than any of us here.

I hope this helps.


PFB (X)  Identity Verified
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Is there an official translation? Dec 13, 2005

Has the original text been translated in the target language? Is there an "official" translation, by which I mean by a well-known target language author or translator? If so, then you should use it and mention the source in a translator's note(in the target language)

As for the original text, leaving it is a possibility but I feel it should still be translated (how many people are familiar with what you call "ancient Florentine"?) and it might also make your own translation awkward or unbalanced if too much of the original text is left in - that depends on how long your original is.

Good luck

[Edited at 2005-12-13 08:22]

I agree with the other postings so far (sorry - can't see the names)and I should have added that your client should of course be asked

[Edited at 2005-12-14 10:57]


Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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It depends on the target reader... Dec 14, 2005

... for example, a specialist text to be read by scholars would require very different treatment from promotional material aimed at tourists. So you really need to ask your client.


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