Culture Bumps: An Empirical Approach to the Translation of by Ritva Leppihalme

By Ritva Leppihalme

This paintings specializes in translators and readers as contributors within the communicative approach, the place using allusions is one form of challenge to be solved. Reader-response assessments and interviews with specialist translators spotlight the trouble in conveying the functionality and which means of allusive passages to readers in one other tradition. the numerous examples mentioned additionally supply fabrics for translation lecturers desirous to tackle the interpretation of allusions of their classes.

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4. In fact, there is a government resolution (of 1 August 1982) in Finland which requires that civil servants producing texts addressed to the publicprovisions and documents of various sortsmust ensure that they are written in intelligible language so that citizens can understand what is required of them and on what grounds decisions that concern them are made. To what degree this objective is met is a matter of opinion; but generally speaking, the syntax of Finnish administrative prose does resemble that of ordinary language more than do corresponding EU texts.

Reasons for adopting a particular strategy also vary. A translator may, for example, choose omission responsibly, after rejecting all alternative strategies, or irresponsibly, to save him/herself the trouble of looking up something s/he does not know. The application of strategies does not therefore necessarily result in optimal solutions: < previous page page_25 next page > < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 translators choosing from a range of strategies sometimes choose well, at other times unwisely.

In other words (with regard to allusions), s/he needs to be sensitive to what is implied by the use of sociocultural and intertextual elements. However, hypersensitivity to this aspect may be detrimental to interpretationwitness Delisle's (1988:58) example and his comment on overtranslation caused by seeing allusions where none exists, or at least where allusive interpretation obscures the main message. 10 The translation, in turn, is based on that interpretation. The translator's communicative competence includes both intercultural awareness and strategic or problem-solving competence (Wilss, 1990: 26).

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