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Linguistics in the Pub, Melbourne, 9 June 2015

Shape, University of Melbourne

Date: 9 June 2015

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesday 9th June 2015
Where: Upstairs room, Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan St, Carlton, (corner of Bouverie St),ph (03) 9347-3033

Translation in language documentation and revitalisation

All researchers engaged in linguistic fieldwork have to deal with issues of translation in the course of their work. For some, it is of explicit and direct concern, for example, in the case of lexicographical work or producing educational materials. But issues of translation are also relevant in grammatical description.  In this month’s LIP, we will discuss some of the issues translation brings to linguistics fieldwork, including, but not limited to:

  • Where semantics meets culture
  • Idiomaticity vs ‘faithfulness’
  • How to best elicit translations from informants
  • Accounting for disparities in grammatical categories between the source and target languages.

    Background Reading:

    Evans, N. and Sasse, HJ. 2007. Searching for meaning in the Library of Babel: field semantics and problems of digital archiving. Archives and Social Sciences: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 1.0. 260-320

Food and drinks available at the venue

LIP is an occasional gathering of language activists and linguists in Melbourne and is coordinated by Ruth Singer (Melbourne Uni), Harriet Sheppard, Jonathan Schlossberg, Alan Ray, Giordana Santosuosso and Jonathon Lum (Monash Uni)

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