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Translation and Interpretation in Europe

Contributions to the Annual Conference 2013 of EFNIL in Vilnius


Gerhard Stickel (EFNIL)

Europe is not «lost in translation». It lives in and by translation and interpretation. The 11th conference of the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL) dealt with the importance of these two significant communicative techniques for mutual understanding within multilingual Europe. The articles by official representatives of the different European institutions inform about the facts of day-to-day interpretation and translation in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Experts discuss translation and interpretation under various general aspects including a historical perspective. Reports on the training and activities of interpreters and translators in several European countries follow. A discussion of the demands and suggestions for translation and interpretation in Europe concludes the thematic part of the book.
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Jolanta Zabarskaité – (Institute of the Lithuanian Language) Welcome address


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Jolanta Zabarskaité

Welcome address


I daresay that our community that has gathered to this conference supports the idea that every language is a fundamental factor of creative expression, individuality, uniqueness, and the creative potencies of multilingualism, which manifest themselves through translation and interpretation, bear witness not only to the distinctiveness of every language and culture, but also to the unity of the multilingual world in its diversity as well. Expressed by way of translation and interpretation, multilingualism provides grounds for anyone to use the creative powers of every language to achieve their own personal goals, be it communication, creative work, competitiveness, or expansion of democracy. Translation and interpretation allows us to identify the national landscape that exists in every European language with its historical and psychological perspective, games, powers, and fears. That is how Europe creates the narrative of its identity.

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