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Translators or Creators?

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While we may translate messages from third parties, we nevertheless do so with our own words. Indeed, it is this choice of symbols and meanings that constitutes a creation and gives translators the role of “co-authors.” Translation as a creative action—that is, as co-authorship—is present by default in literary translation, which is impregnated with feelings […]

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Pleonasms in Legal English

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Pleonasms—the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning—in oral and written forms of English legal jargon often take on a single meaning. They consist of synonyms taking the form of doublets (e.g. “terms and conditions” or “null and void”) or triplets (e.g. “give, devise, and bequeath”), which in many cases can be […]

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How the Emergence of the Internet Has Influenced Business

The Internet’s infrastructure spread throughout the world and thus facilitated mass information access as well as translation, which in turn altered the economy and all of the markets. The arrival of the internet has completely revolutionized our lives: our personal lives just as much as our professional lives, which is due to the fact that […]

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The Beginning of Professional Translation

In the nineteenth century translation was work reserved for professionals and not for cultured science, religion or literature enthusiasts. Let’s have a look at a well-known colleague. George Eliot, the mask of a woman who didn’t fit the Victorian stereotype. Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880) was born on a British Protestant farm and after having read […]

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The Unfaithful Beauties

The 17th and 18th centuries are known as the golden age of French literature, and it is the time that translations referred to as the belles infidèls (“unfaithful beauties”) appeared: a manner of translating classic works in French style, as the classical texts were considered out of date. This expression is attributed to a lexicographer […]

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