Challenges of Translation: How Far Does Style Interfere with Responses from Different Cultures?

Chesnokova, Anna and Zyngier, Sonia (2018) Challenges of Translation: How Far Does Style Interfere with Responses from Different Cultures? Proceedings of The 2nd Kyiv and Białystok Conference on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. pp. 6-7.

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In this paper we carry out a stylistic comparison between the original in English and three translations (in Portuguese, in Ukrainian and in Russian) line by line, and compare the analysis with the reactions of 500 participants divided into 5 groups: Brazilians reading the original version; Brazilians reading the translation into Portuguese; Ukrainians reading the original version; Ukrainians reading the translation into Ukrainian; and Ukrainians reading the translation into Russian. We also compare the stylistic analysis of the authors of this paper to those of three expert readers in each language in order to validate the study. The results indicate that each translation does indeed create a singular context that affects the readers’ responses. In terms of methodology, this paper contributes by offering empirical data to individual and collective reactions. We demonstrate that the wording in which the poems are rendered affects the way readers perceive verbal artistry – for better or for worse. The implication for translation studies is the conclusion that translators should privilege effect over word-by-word renderings when performing their task. In terms of literature teaching, this paper indicates that teachers should be very careful when opting for translated texts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Translation; reader's response; cultural differences
Subjects: Наукові конференції > Міжнародні
Divisions: Інститути > Інститут філології > Кафедра англійської філології та перекладу
Depositing User: Анна Вадимовна Чеснокова
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 07:00
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 07:00

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