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English to Norwegian: ENG>NOR (Nynorsk), Humanities
Source text - English From "The Synthesis of language" by Martin Lings.
Countless altogether illiterate men have been masters of highly elaborate languages:I am inclined to think that dialect the best which is spoken by the most illiterate in the islands . . . men with clear heads and wonderful memories, generally very poor and old, living in remote corners of remote islands, and speaking only Gaelic. (2The ability of oral tradition to transmit great masses of verse for hundreds of years is proved and admitted. . . . To this oral literature, as the French call it, education is no friend. Culture destroys it, sometimes with amazing rapidity. When a nation begins to read . . . what was once the possession of the folk as a whole becomes the heritage of the illiterate only, and soon, unless it is gathered up by the antiquary, vanishes altogether.(3If we have to single out the factor, which caused the decline of English village culture we should have to say it was literacy. (4In the New Hebrides "the children are educated by listening and watching . . . without writing, memory is perfect, tradition exact. The growing child is caught all that is known. . . . Songs are a form of storytelling. . . . The layout and content in the thousand myths which every child learns (often word perfect, and one story may last for hours) are a whole library . . . the hearers are held in a web of spun words. " They converse together "with that accuracy and pattern of beauty in words chat we have lost. . . . The natives easily learn to write after white impact. They regard it as a curious and useless performance. They say, “Cannot a man remember and speak?' " (5
Translation - Norwegian Norwegian (Nynorsk)
Tallause heilt analfabetar har vore ekspertar på svært høgt utvikla språk:”Eg vil tru at den beste dialekten vert tala av dei minst leseføre på øyane...... menneske med klåre hovud og strålande minne, i det heile svært fattige og gamle, som bur i avsidesliggjande strok på dei mest avsidesliggjande øyane, og som berre talar Gælisk. (2 Den evna munnleg tradisjon har til å tryggja og å føra vidare store mengder av vers gjennom hundrevis av år er både prova og akseptert.... For denne ”munnlege litteraturen”, som den vert kalla i Frankrike, er utdanning ikkje noko gode. Kulturen øydelegg den, nokre gonger med utruleg fart. Når eit folk vert lesande, vert det som ein gong var heile folket sin eigedom, til ein arv berre for dei som ikkje kan lesa, og forsvinn snart heilt, dersom det ikkje vert teke vare på av samlarar.(3 Om me skulle peika på ei årsak til at engelsk bygdekultur går under, måtte me sei at det var lesekunsten .(4 På Ny-Hebridene ”lærer borna ved å høyra og å sjå..... utan å skriva, minnet er perfekt, og tradisjonen vert teken vare på. Det oppveksande barnet får læra alt som er kjent...... Songar vert ei form for sogeforteljing ..... Framføringa og innhaldet i dei tusenvis av mytane som kvart eit barn lærer (ofte ordrett; og ei soge kan vara i timevis) vert eit heilt bibliotek.... tilhøyrarane vert haldne fast i eit nett spunne av ord.” Dei innfødde lærer snart å skriva etter påverknad frå kvite, men dei oppfattar dette som ein snål og fåfengt kunst. Dei seier: ”Kan ikkje mennesket både hugsa og tala, då?” (5
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