Voices in Translation: Bridging Cultural Divides
In choosing to render dialect and vernacular speech into Scots, Bill Findlay, to whose memory this volume is dedicated, made a pioneering contribution in safeguarding the authenticity of voices in translation. The scene of the book is set by an overview of approaches to rendering foreign voices in English translation including those of the people to whom Findlay introduced us in his Scots dialect versions of European plays. Martin Bowman, his frequent co-translator follows with a discussion of their co-translation of playwright Jeanne-Mance Delisle. Different ways of bridging the cultural divide in the translation between English and a number of plays written in a number of European languages are then illustrated including the custom of creating English versions, an approach rejected by contributions that argue in favour of minimal intervention on the part of the translator. But transferring the social and cultural milieu that the speakers of other languages inhabit may also cause problems in translation, as discussed by some translators of fiction. In addition attention is drawn to the translators' own attitude and the influence of the time in which they live. In conclusion, stronger forces in the form of political events are highlighted that may also, adversely or positively, have a bearing on the translation process.
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Little had been written about drama dialect translation until Bill Findlay and
Martin Bowman started to discuss the process from the perspective of their work
as translators . Together the two brought the plays by playwright Michel Tremblay
Today , Adorno ' s vivid characterisation of ' worker ' s dialects ' suggests an
internalisation , no matter how reluctant , of ... Adorno ' s branding of literature in
the ' worker ' s dialect as ' reactionary ' is based on the false assumption that non
The Use of Dialect The question was how to convey in English the impact created
by a distinctive style . Problems relating to words such as iracò can be taken as
part of a wider discussion about the use of dialect , which is a recurring problem ...
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