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TRAMES. A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
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Peeter Torop, Bruno Osimo
The main problem of the historical understanding of translation lies in finding the appropriate metalanguages. Revisiting time in translation studies means finding complementarity between historical metalanguage for description of translational activity and semiotic metalanguage for understanding different sides of translatability. We have distinguished the achronic theoretical component in the unified discussion of translation history, the component concentrating on the analysis of the translator and the translation method. Next comes the synchronic receptive component, i.e., the analysis of the trans­lator, translation and the target language culture thus concentrating on the status of translation in the given culture, the functions of translations, and the ways of rendering meaning to them. The third, evolutionary component is connected with the so-called minor diachrony, the analysis of the technical and psychological features of the translation process. The fourth, cultural history component is based on the so-called grand diachrony and focuses on the development of the translation practice with reference to the varying cycles in cultural history and the styles of specific periods.

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