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Outward Translation of Doctrinal Texts: Translation and Commentary on David K. Bernard’s In the Name of Jesus

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Outward Translation of Doctrinal Texts: Translation and Commentary on David K. Bernard’s In the Name of Jesus

Grant, Liane R. (2014) Outward Translation of Doctrinal Texts: Translation and Commentary on David K. Bernard’s In the Name of Jesus. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The practice of translating into a non-mother tongue (outward translation) is as old as the art of translation itself, but today a strong bias exists against it in many countries. Outside of academia, however, the common assumption is that translators work in both directions, and my research shows that this is in fact the practical reality in many parts of the world. It is clear that the quality of any translation depends on the abilities and strategies of the individual translator, not on the mother tongue or the directionality of the translation.

The translation of doctrinal or apologetic texts is a specialized undertaking where accuracy is more important than style, and the original message must be carefully preserved. For this type of translation, consideration should be given to experienced outward translators with comprehensive theological knowledge, as they are more likely to recognize biblical expressions in the source text and correctly interpret difficult passages.

The reluctance of a religious organization to use outward translators, coupled with the necessity of using volunteers due to lack of funding, restricts the amount of apologetic materials it is able to produce in other languages. I chose to do an outward translation into French of In the Name of Jesus by David K. Bernard, a book that represents a core teaching of the United Pentecostal Church International. With this endeavour, I will make an additional doctrinal book available to French UPCI constituents, and hopefully play a role in counteracting the bias against outward translation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Études françaises
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Grant, Liane R.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Traductologie
Date:March 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Léger, Benoit
Keywords:outward translation, translation into a non-mother tongue, religious translation, doctrinal translation, translation quality, active and passive language knowledge
ID Code:978417
Deposited By: LIANE GRANT
Deposited On:03 Jul 2014 18:06
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46

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