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Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

Translation and the Meaning of Everything

» David Bellos

Particular Books 
Hardback : 01 Sep 2011

£20.00

http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781846144646,00.html


In the words of Bellos: “The practice of translation rests on two presuppositions. The first is that we are all different: we speak different tongues, and see the world in ways that are deeply influenced by the particular features of the tongue that we speak. The second is that we are all the same – that we can share the same broad and narrow kinds of feelings, information, understandings, and so forth. Without both of these suppositions, translation could not exist. Nor could anything we would like to call social life. Translation is another name for the human condition.”

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People speak different languages, and always have. The Ancient Greeks took no notice of anything unless it was said in…

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