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By Humphrey Tonkin, Maria Esposito Frank

Whether it is bilingualism that transfers details and concepts from tradition to tradition, it's the translator who systematizes and generalizes this approach. The translator serves as a mediator of cultures. during this selection of essays, in accordance with a convention held on the college of Hartford, a gaggle of people – expert translators, linguists, and literary students – alternate their perspectives on translation and its energy to persuade literary traditions and to form cultural and financial identities. The authors discover the consequences in their perspectives at the idea and craft of translation, either written and oral, in an period of unsettling globalizing forces

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Nancy Schweda Nicholson Language use in the ICTY courtroom There are 127 Rules in the ICTY’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Language policies are delineated at the outset. Rule 3 (“Languages”) establishes the working languages of the ICTY as English and French (Rules of Procedure and Evidence 2003: 4).

When I use the word translation it is in its broadest form to include simultaneous interpretation (SI). SI is the way poor people arrive on the radar screen. The TRC was South Africa’s only attempt to hear at least some of these “unimportant, uneducated, marginalised” voices on a big scale and for two years these indigenous voices, audible below the translation, disrupted and splintered what I call the grand “new” South Africa narrative. If it wasn’t for translation, these voices could not have affected and become part of a national psyche.

English offers access to privilege. HT: But, is the situation significantly different from that in Europe where, for example, Dutch or Danish, which are little used at the graduate level in science, are increasingly inadequate to the task? The problem is greatest where the domains of English intersect with the domains of the local language. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for a high school teacher of physics in Denmark to teach physics in Danish because there is no vocabulary, or at least the teacher is unfamiliar with the vocabulary that exists.

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