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Most Important Question About Translation
What is language? This is the critical question we ask ourselves before tackling a translation project.
As defined by Britannica, language is
“a system of conventional spoken, manual (signed), or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture, express themselves”.
This just makes translation all the more interesting!
Different Types of Languages
There are different types of language varieties, the following are some examples of those:
- Standard / Polite / Formal – the language that follows the rules and is referred to as the ‘proper’ form of English (read about the English Received Pronunciation).
- Colloquial / Informal – anything that is not formal, often referred to as spoken language.
- Regional Dialect – These exist based on regionally specific use. For instance, in the UK there is a clear distinction between the English spoken in the North and in the South. You can even find localised dialects that are spoken in specific cities (e.g.: Geordie in Newcastle).
- Social Dialect – Similarly to other dialects, these emerged based on a specific class or culture. They are sometimes referred to as a minority dialect. For example, African American Vernacular English is seen to be part of this category.
- Jargon – special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work (Cambridge Dictionary).
- Slang – vocabulary, idiom, etc, that is not appropriate to the standard form of a language or to formal contexts, may be restricted as to social status or distribution and is characteristically more metaphorical and transitory than standard language (Collins).
Translation Practice Questions
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FUN FACT! Did you know that the Cambodian language possesses the longest alphabet (more than 73 characters)?
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