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Translation

Linguistic and Philosophical Perspectives

Martin Kay

Martin Kay's Translation is concerned with the fundamental underpinnings of the titular subject. Kay argues that the primary responsibility of the translator is to the referents of words themselves. He shows how a pair of sentences that might have widely different meanings in isolation could have similar meanings in some contexts. Exploring such key subjects as how to recognize when a pair of texts might be translations of each other, Kay attempts to answer the essential question: What is translation anyway?

Martin Kay is professor of linguistics at Stanford University and an honorary professor at the University of Saarland, Germany. He is a past president of the Association for the Computational Linguistics and resigned the chairmanship of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics in 2014, having served in that capacity for thirty years.

Contents

  • 1 Introduction
    • 1.1 Pedagogical and Word-for-Word Translation
    • 1.2 Adaptation
    • 1.3 Globalization and Localization
    • 1.4 Translation and Interpretation
    • 1.5 Translation in the World
    • 1.6 Translation as an Art or a Craft
    • 1.7 This Book
  • 2 A Model of Translation
    • 2.1 The Order of Events
    • 2.2 Grain Size
    • 2.3 The Word Level
    • 2.4 Syntactic and Pragmatic Translation
    • 2.5 Context
    • 2.6 Pragmatic Translation and Context
  • 3 Reference
    • 3.1 Language as a Digital System
    • 3.2 Meaning and Philosophy
    • 3.3 Things and the Cognitive Perspective
    • 3.4 Given and New
  • 4 Transformations
    • 4.1 Prototypes
    • 4.2 Scripts and Lexical Functions
    • 4.3 Classifiers
    • 4.4 Doing Things with Words
    • 4.5 Word-for-Word Translation
    • 4.6 Situation and Context
  • 5 Linguistics
    • 5.1 Inflectional Morphology
      • 5.1.1 Gender
      • 5.1.2 Tense
      • 5.1.3 Mood
      • 5.1.4 Evidentials
      • 5.1.5 Case
      • 5.1.6 Number
      • 5.1.7 Apostrophe −s
      • 5.1.8 Paradigms
    • 5.2 The Tyranny of Grammar
    • 5.3 Derivation
      • 5.3.1 Compounds
  • 6 Syntax
    • 6.1 Prescriptive Grammar
    • 6.2 Productivity
    • 6.3 Signs
  • 7 Machine History
    • 7.1 History
    • 7.2 Rule-based Machine Translation
    • 7.3 Statistical Machine Translation
    • 7.4 Coda
  • Bibliography
  • Examples
  • General Index
  • Translation Index

October 17, 2017

ISBN (Paperback): 9781575868714 (1575868717)
ISBN (Cloth): 9781575868455 (1575868458)
ISBN (Electronic): 9781684000272 (1684000270)

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