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Translation competence and the aesthetic attitude

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posted on 21.08.2012, 14:26 by Kirsten S. Malmkjær
Teachers whose aspiration is for their students to achieve Translation Competence need an understanding of its nature and of ways to help students attain it. The notion is related to that of Natural Translation, which proposes a series of developmental stages of the interpreting ability of a bilingual infant/child. The theory claims that links established between sets of items in a bilingual’s languages as the languages are acquired are exploited during a pretranslation stage from which Natural Translation develops. This is not incompatible with recent understanding of the Universal Grammar hypothesis and recent findings in the neurolinguistics of bilingualism. However, the model cannot account for non-native bilinguals’ abilities to translate, nor for translation abilities developed during formal instruction. These abilities might be based on innate Interlingual Proficiency and Transfer Proficiency Potentials. I list a number of ways in which Toury has agued that these potentials may be encouraged and add a suggestion or two of my own.

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Malmkjær, Kirsten S., Translation competence and the aesthetic attitude, Eds. Pym, Anthony, Shlesinger, Miriam, Simeoni, Daniel, 'Beyond descriptive translation studies: Investigations in homage to Gideon Toury', John Benjamins Publishing Co., 2008, pp. 293-310.

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND LAW/School of Modern Languages

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Malmkjær

Publisher

John Benjamins Publishing Co.

isbn

9027216843;9789027216847

Copyright date

2008

Available date

21/08/2012

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http://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/btl.75/main

Editors

Pym, Anthony;Shlesinger, Miriam;Simeoni, Daniel

Language

en