From Pragmatics to Text Translation
The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of English pragmatics and textual analysis, drawing special attention to text typologies and the relevant characteristics of each text type, based on De Beaugrande and Dressler’s (1980) model.
The study of such linguistic perspectives is a prerequisite in order to approach the translation world.
In the second part of the course, the concepts of translation and Translation Studies will be introduced, together with an overview of the main linguistic areas that present challenges in translation from English into Italian.
The main topics covered will be:
- Conversational Implicature
- Speech Act Theory
- De Beaugrande and Dressler’s (1980) model of textual analysis;
- Text, context and co-text; text vs. non-text;
- Standards of Textuality;
- The notions of text type and genre;
- Writer, recipient and purpose of the message;
- Classification of various text types and analyses of texts;
-Introduction to Translation Studies
-Contrastive Analysis (English-Italian)
Huang, Yan (2006) Pragmatics, Oxford, Oxford University Press (Ch. 1; Ch.2: 23-35; 54-63; Ch.4 : 93-131)
Lakoff, Robin Tolmach (2009) “Conversational Logic” in J. Verschueren and J.Ola Ostman (eds.) Key Notions for Pragmatics, Amsterdam, John Benjamins: 102-113.
Biber Douglas (1989) “A Typology of English Texts” Linguistics 27: 3-43
De Beaugrande Robert and Wolfgang U. Dressler (1980) Introduction to Text Linguistics, London, Longman (parte: Basic Notions)
Trosborg, Anna (1997) “Text Typology: Register, Genre and Text Type”, in A. Trosborg (ed.) Text Typology and Translation, Trosborg, Anna (ed.), Amsterdam, John Benjamnins: 4-23.
Basil Hatim, 2009, "Translating text in context", in Jeremy Munday (ed.) (2009), The Routledge Companion to Translation Studies, London, Routledge (capitolo 3): 36-53.
David Katan, 2009, "Translation as intercultural communication", in Jeremy Munday (ed.) (2009), The Routledge Companion to Translation Studies, London, Routledge (capitolo 5): 74-92.
Additional references will be indicated during the course. Every possible variation in the reading list will also be announced through the course website.
|De Beaugrande, Robert and Wofgang U. Dressler||Introduction to Text Linguistics||Longman||1981||0-582-55485-3|
|Huang, Yan||Pragmatics||Oxford University Press||2007||978-0-19-924368-6|
|Munday, Jeremy||The Routledge Companion to Translation Studies||Routledge||2009||0-415-39641-7|
The exam consists in a written test with questions and exercises on text analysis.
English Language Level Required
Level 4 (ALTE), C1 level.
Prerequisites: English Language 2; English Literature and Culture 2 ; C1 level of linguistic competence