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Language across Languages

New Perspectives on Translation

Editor(s): Emanuele Miola, Paolo Ramat
Contributors: Ursula Stephany, Paolo Ramat, Paolo Ramat, Michele Prandi, Giulia Petitta, Maria Pavesi, Alessio Muro,

Book Description

Since the first written documents in the history of mankind (produced at the end of the 4th millennium BC), translation has always played a pivotal role in human societies. Translators were needed whenever the need for contact between different-speaking communities arose, such as for the purposes of communication, commerce, and declarations of war, or peace.

Translation is even more important in today’s world. Globalization has brought the nations of the Earth closer, to the extent that books, movies and television programs released or aired far away in the world are just a click of the mouse away. However, such cultural products still have to be translated in order to be enjoyed by a wider audience. In international relations, diplomacies work very much on the basis of what is said and written, meaning that official documents and political charts need to be correctly and precisely translated.

Hi-tech devices, such as tablets and smartphones, have their software translated into an increasing number of languages, in order to be accessible to a larger number of people.

The challenging issues that arise for translation studies from these socio-cultural changes in Western Europe and all over the world are tackled in this volume according to two intertwined viewpoints: From a strictly linguistic perspective, typological differences between genetically unrelated languages challenge linguists in gaining an overall understanding of what language really is: how can linguistic categories, be they verbal, nominal or pertaining to other domains of the grammar, be defined? How are they shaped in syntax?

From the point of view of anthropological linguistics, on the other hand, the cross-linguistic differences that come to the fore illustrate that translating – as well as language itself – is one of the basic cognitive strategies of the human mind.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7711-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7711-5
Date of Publication: 01/07/2015
Pages / Size: 195 / A5
Price: £41.99


Emanuele Miola is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His research interests include Italian dialectology, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and youth language. In 2013, he published Innovazione e conservazione in un dialetto di crocevia. Il kje di Prea (FrancoAngeli), a grammar of an endangered language spoken in the province of Cuneo, Southern Piedmont, Italy.

Paolo Ramat has served as Professor of Germanic Philology at the Universities of Cagliari and Pavia, and full Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pavia and at the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS–Pavia). His main scientific interests are historical linguistics, Indo-European studies, linguistic typology, and theoretical linguistics. He has published widely in all these areas. His 2005 book Pagine linguistiche. Scritti di linguistica storica e tipologica (Laterza) is a revised and enlarged version of papers published in the last 25 years.