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(Re)visiting Translation

Linguistic and Cultural Issues across Genres

Paola Attolino, Linda Barone, Mikaela Cordisco and Mariagrazia De Meo

This collection of essays addresses translation as an evolving thread that metaphorically represents the essence of contemporary society. As translation is the main tool for global information flow, the constant necessity of negotiating meanings evokes the complex issues of contact, interaction and change. Starting from a theoretical overview of Translation Studies, the volume explores the development and main changes that have characterized the field in the contemporary world, with a specific focus on the concepts of translation as hybridity, as a basis for sustaining intercultural communication and translation as cultural mediation. The essays provide an updated look at English/Italian translation across genres and cover a wide range of topics including linguistic typology; language appropriation, adaptation, manipulation and rewriting in literature and music; elusiveness and ambiguity in legal texts; humour and culture-bound language in audiovisual translation.
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Linguistic and cultural issues in translation: new insights



1.   Re-visiting translation from a theoretical perspective

The act of re-visiting, with the meaning of re-analysing, re-evaluating and re-exploring, inevitably involves a return due to the need to formulate new ideas about something that may have changed. With reference to translation, these actions reveal its extremely mobile and fluid nature in relation to language, communication and, not least, globalization. This ever-changing state is the common thread that holds together the following collection of essays which, from different perspectives, present an insight into the state of the art concerning the long debated and multifaceted issue of translation.

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