Recent Developments in Translatology
Edited By María Amparo Jimenez Ivars and María Jesús Blasco Mayor
Child Language and Cultural Brokering - Nigel Hall and Zhiyan Guo 51
Nigel Hall, Manchester Metropolitan University Zhiyan Guo, Warwick University Child Language and Cultural Brokering In 1973 and 1977 and 1978, Brian Harris published three important papers (the third one co-authored with Bianca Sherwood) introduc- ing what he called Natural Translation. These papers were primarily written for those working in the field of translation and interpretation. The 1977 paper began with a brief theoretical analysis of the problems associated with traditional approaches to studying the topic of trans- lation, an analysis which led him to claim that “the weight of tradi- tion in translation studies may take some force to lift aside” (1977: 99). Despite this, Harris took on the task of confronting the tradition and in the process evolved a number of principles, the most important of which for this paper is: “Translatologists should first study natural translation, which may be defined as the translation done by bilin- guals in everyday circumstances and without special training.” (1977: 99). In that paper the discussion that followed was primarily a gener- al justification in support of his proposition, and he concluded with: “It is my earnest hope that others will take up the challenge presented by the concept of natural translation. NT is virtually uncharted terri- tory.” (1977: 108). In his 1978 paper, Translating as an innate skill, he took up his own challenge, offering what in retrospect can be seen as the first serious examination of what was later to be termed “child language brokering”. It seems that those working in...
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