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2004, Vol.5, No.1

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    A Study on the Roles of Dialogue Interpreters

    Yungmin Ko | 2004, 5(1) | pp.5~24 | number of Cited : 6
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    This study aims at providing insights on the roles of dialogue interpreters in contrast to those of conference interpreters. While the speaker's utterances are regarded as a given text with the interpreter being viewed as a one-way conduit of information in conference interpreting, there are at least two main interlocutors in dialogue interpreting and there is a dynamic interaction among participants which produces the peculiarities of the work of dialogue interpreters. Dialogue interpreters are located between the main interlocutors and they work in both directions. The participants often change their footings during the conversation. Participants, including the interpreter, pay attention to the atmosphere in which the dialogue occurs to ensure all the participants do not lose their face. The interpreter is the person who sets the turns of talk to maintain the dialogue and avoid confusion. Furthermore, the interpreter participates in the conversation as one of the interlocutors of the dialogue. Thus the main role of the interpreter in dialogue interpreting is regarded more as a mediator than mere translator, and thus the performance of community interpreters can be evaluated by how well they play the role of mediators in addition to the role of translators.
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    A Need for Opening a Course Related with Translation Studies in the Field of Liberal Arts--With a Special Reference to E-Learning Method

    Jeong-Woo Kim | 2004, 5(1) | pp.25~53 | number of Cited : 8
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    This paper has three main purposes: first, to argue that the translation education should be introduced as a course of the liberal arts for the establishment of the sound infrastructure of translation; second, to discuss that the internet-based learning method is better than the traditional one; third and last, to show the organization of the contents of the internet-based translation education course. If a translation course is to be opened as a part of the liberal art curriculum in universities, some positive results could be achieved. It is desirable that an effective way of practising translation education involve distance education based on the internet, rather than that of the traditional face-to-face one performed at classrooms, for the special qualities of translation or translation education will harmonize with the internet-based module. From the viewpoint of software, an instructor should place a high emphasis on the different levels of student backgrounds, including other facts such as its inter-disciplinary character and its interactive dynamism of theory and practice. From the viewpoint of hardware, it is critical to make a proper balance between the content itself and technological aspect which will optimize it on the computer. In this paper, contents of the course are shown, which include the introductory level and the advanced level. Finally, some tentative ideas are proposed as a propeller to activate the internet-based translation education.
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    Translation of Literature and Translation of Culture: A Case Study on the Translation of Korean Literature into English

    Jin-im, Park | 2004, 5(1) | pp.97~111 | number of Cited : 24
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    This article attempts to highlight the importance of understanding culture in which certain national literature was produced when one translates literature. I assume that in order to make a good translated work, the translator must selected good original texts to begin with and that the translator should train himself or herself to have good sensibility toward literature. However, to have a good sense of more than two languages and literary sensibility are not sufficient. One of the assets a good translator must have is full knowledge of the culture of the society in which the original texts are produced. Based on my review of the works of translation submitted to the Korean Bureau of Translation in pursuit of the grant the bureau promises to the best qualified translator of Korean literature, I draw out some patterns of common errors in applicants’ translation. I conclude that most of the errors occur when a translator is not fully aware of the cultural context in which the original text was produced unless the translator’s command of two languages, the language of the original text and the language into which the original text is translated, which are Korean and English in this case, is limited. Thus, I conclude that a good literary translation means a good translation of its culture as well. Letter to letter translation out of the cultural context, as seen in the case of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in the translation of Land by Park Kyung-Ni, results in an absurd and non-sensical mistranslation. A good translator, therefore, would mean one who can actually bridge the cultural gaps and interstices between two heterogeneous cultures, not to mention a good bilingual speaker. Good translators should be borderlanders and “both and” people in terms of culture.
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    The Process of Translation for Book Publication

    이상원 | LEE Hyang | 2004, 5(1) | pp.133~144 | number of Cited : 5
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    This study deals with translation for book publication, which earns much interest from the public, whereas has been studied rarely. To identify the process of this kind of translation, depth interview with four editors of publishing companies was done. Overall result is as follows: 1) editors manage the whole translation process from selecting the translator to editing translator's translation. 2) asymmetrical power relationship between translators and editors was not obvious as scholars suggest. 3) editors are not satisfied with the quality of translators’ translation. 4) the result translation has to be considered as cooperated work of translators and editors. 5) editors don’t agree on readers’ expectation of translation quality.
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    Translation of English Relative Clause Constructions into Korean

    Lee Young-Ok | 2004, 5(1) | pp.145~166 | number of Cited : 9
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    This paper compares the characteristic differences of Korean and English modification structures on the basis of the two languages' typological differences that can be summarized as object-dominant language and action-dominant language, respectively. The object-dominant characteristics of English are illustrated with examples of the light verb constructions, nominalization constructions, there constructions, and inanimate subject transitive verb constructions. Practical guidelines for translation of relative constructions between the two languages are suggested on the basis of understanding of the two languages' differences in modification system.
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    A Study on 'Register' in Translating Texts

    황세정 | 2004, 5(1) | pp.183~203 | number of Cited : 10
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    The purpose of this paper is to find out 'register' applicable in translating texts through analysing different text types and genres. Translators need to decide how to produce a natural target text which meets the textual expectations of target readers. So, it is important that an explicit and clear understanding of the textual differences of two languages is a prerequisite for making such adjustments. In order to discuss this problem, this study introduces the concepts of 'register' and examines why translation should be considered on it. First, this study presents the notion of register faced on Halliday's theory, a model of language variation: field of discourse, mode of discourse, tenor of discourse. Next, for the effective realization of this register, this study shows analysis with random examples following each resister. Especially, this is trying to use the corpus based study between English and Korean. The result found in this study can be summarized as follows. Intentionality lies behind choices made within field, mode and tenor, and affords new perspective for translators’ decision. At the same tims, the context dimension allows us to consider these variable in the way in which they interact. Finally, genres and discourse find expression in texts through the textual component of context.