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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Translating connotative meaning

In a recent comment on the blog post about TNIV "Turn your ear," Funky Dung (Eric) expressed proper concern:
my main worry when reading translated idioms is that the translation carries most or all of the denotation, but little or none of connotation
I began my response to Eric like this:
Eric, you have noted an important translation principle. Not only should translations be denotationally accurate but they should also retain the connotations of the original.
I just found a post on the Codex blog which also insists that translating connotation is a necessary part of adequate translation. But Tyler's post used more interesting examples than I did and is entertaining as well.

(HT: Parableman)

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At Fri Jan 06, 10:55:00 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Thanks for posting this link, Wayne - as you said, not only enlightening but also entertaining!

Tim C.

At Sat Jan 07, 07:34:00 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Yes, indeed. It was enjoyable and provocative.

Thank you.


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