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Liturgical Translation as a Domain of Translation Studies

Centre for Translation (January 12, 2023)

SEMINAR SERIES : Bible and Liturgical Domains of Translation Studies: The Ukrainian Perspective

Ukrainian Bible Translation: The Case of Resistance and Exile
Liturgical Translation as a Domain of Translation Studies
MAJOR SPEAKER : Shmiher, Taras
LENGTH : 82 min.
ACCESS : Open to all
SUMMARY : Liturgical translation received much less attention than biblical translation. This status was defined by its origin: liturgical texts are mostly secondary to biblical prototexts, their phrasing and symbols. Although liturgical books have always been venerated with great piety, their presence and visibility in national cultures were influenced by churchly regulations on the use of languages, dynamic features of book-writing and book-printing, nation-shaping and state-building challenges. The progress in envisaging religious translation as a special domain of translation research stimulated to widen this domain by specifically addressing to liturgical texts. In general, it makes sense to divide religious translation into three branches: biblical translation (or the translation of sacred texts of the highest authority due to a great amount of existing literature), liturgical translation (covering the lingual, cultural and societal issues of poetics and reception) and catechetic translation (sharing a lot of theoretical issues with sci-tech translation.

The report deals with theoretical principles and ideas which are fundamental for liturgical translation and essential for the comparative studies of liturgical traditions. It starts with the general idea of comparison in research and the possibilities of its applying for exploring specific dimensions of religious histories and texts from the viewpoint of translation. The theoretical parameters for assessing a liturgical text come from the possibility of identifying the components of equivalence, understanding pitfalls of the status of languages and appreciating the appropriation of paratextual features in liturgical praxis.  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]

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