An overview of recent developments in translation studies with special reference to the implications for Bible translation

  • J. A. Naudé University of the Free State
Keywords: Bible translation, Translation studies, Translation theory, Linguistic-based theories, Process-oriented research, Descriptive system- and reception-oriented approaches, Functionalist approaches, Culturally oriented research, Postcolonial translation theory, Resistive approaches, Gender-based approaches, Corpus translation studies

Abstract

An overview of recent developments of the discipline which deals with the activity of translation, as well as the implications for Bible translation, is presented. Starting off with a discussion of the disciplinary nature of translation studies, an overview of some developments emphasising the source text, the process of translation, the reception of the translated text, and the cultural-social bound character of translation, is offered. Since the early eighties there has been a tendency within translation studies to move away from the normative and prescriptive approaches to translation and to adopt a descriptive approach towards the study of translated literature. Descriptive translation theorists attempt to account not only for textual strategies in the translated text, but also for the way in which the translation functions in the target cultural system. The implications that these recent theoretical developments have for Bible translation practice and criticism of Bible translations are arrived at in the last instance.

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Published
2002-06-28
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