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A question and a note

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Submitted by rw (United States), Apr 16, 2017 at 01:17

I wonder if someone can explain exactly what is meant by "a possible connection between linguistic syntax and web mark-up"? What does this mean?

I am a professional translator, sort of, (published and hopeful of obtaining some remuneration at some point) so the research about translating is of some interest. Anything to do with ideology is necessarily difficult to translate without detailed, thorough, expert knowledge of the area under discussion - which means an ability to empathize to a high degree with your author and probably sympathize as well. A person who can do this in almost field is probably a rarity.

For works that are non-ideological in nature, there are different difficulties. An amusing example is the translation of a novel from English into, as I remember, Czech, which when back translated read, 'A man was digging a hole in the ground with the help of a large black bird.' The original read 'A man was digging a hole in the ground with a crow.'

Translation is a wonderful art. I remember trying to read Solzhenitsyn short stories in translation. The first translation I tried was just about unreadable - the language was a constant stumbling block; then I found a superb translation in which, as well as faithfully conveying the author, the English was enjoyable.

We translators are a hugely undervalued species, and grossly underpaid.


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rwApr 16, 2017 01:17238542
reply to rw re "A question and a note" [344 words]John in Michigan, USAJul 24, 2017 15:23238542
Computer Science, Linguistics, Syntax and Pipes [65 words]RyanSep 27, 2010 04:28178733
Auto-translation is a dream that will come true [41 words]Tom GreySep 10, 2010 21:53178037
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Pipes Rocks ! [9 words]PeterAug 16, 2010 02:20176735
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"...broad implications for natural language processing problems..." [12 words]Ed WugalterAug 2, 2010 17:47176249
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