Semantics and translation

Authored by: Kirsten Malmkjær

The Routledge Handbook of Translation Studies and Linguistics

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138911260
eBook ISBN: 9781315692845
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Semantics is the study of meaning and to the extent that translation concerns the conveyance of a message in one language that “means the same” as a message previously conveyed in another language, meaning is a central concept in translation theory. This chapter discusses a number of theories of meaning showing that, translation, in turn, is central in the accounts they provide of how sameness of meaning can, or cannot, be theorized.

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