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Article: The death of the Translator in machine translation: A bilingual poetry project

TitleThe death of the Translator in machine translation: A bilingual poetry project
Authors
KeywordsDeath of the translator
Différance
Dissemination
Hsia Yü
Machine translation
Issue Date2011
Citation
Target, 2011, v. 23 n. 1, p. 92-112 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper explores the notion of the death of the Translator, inspired by Barthes' formulation of the death of the Author. It argues that the death of the Translator is caused by a loss of human agency in translation and is therefore most clearly exemplified in machine translation. Based on an avant-garde bilingual poetry project by a Taiwanese poet, the paper demonstrates that machine translation can produce unexpected new meanings through unpredictable routes of semantic and syntactic divergences from the source text. The poet's use of transparency as physical medium and of machine translation as mediator raises the following questions: does translation actually allow us to 'read through' a source text? If so, to what extent is such translation 'transparent'? How should we even come to terms with the concept of 'transparency' with respect to the meaning of a literary text in translation? The paper argues that in the bilingual project in question, machine translation plays the crucial function of bringing the reader's attention back to the target language by way of delaying/blocking comprehension, hence rendering the corporeality of the target language 'transparent'. © 2011 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159094
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.838
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.641
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dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the notion of the death of the Translator, inspired by Barthes' formulation of the death of the Author. It argues that the death of the Translator is caused by a loss of human agency in translation and is therefore most clearly exemplified in machine translation. Based on an avant-garde bilingual poetry project by a Taiwanese poet, the paper demonstrates that machine translation can produce unexpected new meanings through unpredictable routes of semantic and syntactic divergences from the source text. The poet's use of transparency as physical medium and of machine translation as mediator raises the following questions: does translation actually allow us to 'read through' a source text? If so, to what extent is such translation 'transparent'? How should we even come to terms with the concept of 'transparency' with respect to the meaning of a literary text in translation? The paper argues that in the bilingual project in question, machine translation plays the crucial function of bringing the reader's attention back to the target language by way of delaying/blocking comprehension, hence rendering the corporeality of the target language 'transparent'. © 2011 John Benjamins Publishing Company.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
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dc.subjectDeath of the translatoren_HK
dc.subjectDifféranceen_HK
dc.subjectDisseminationen_HK
dc.subjectHsia Yüen_HK
dc.subjectMachine translationen_HK
dc.titleThe death of the Translator in machine translation: A bilingual poetry projecten_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLee, TK: leetk@hku.hken_HK
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