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Linguistic Or Ideological Shifts? The Problem-Oriented Study Of Transformations As A Methodological Filter By Theo A. W. Van Der Louw

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The role of interpretation in early translations is a major point of discussion in the two disciplines: Translation Studies and Septuagint Studies. There were two specialists on the book of Psalms who represent opposite viewpoints. The purpose of this chapter is to show that identifying transformations and labelling them forces us to ask further questions which will improve our methods. It then illustrates from ancient translations how the problem-oriented study of transformations works out on different levels of language. Transformations or shifts are micro-level changes that occur in the transfer from one language to another. The study of the translational problems behind transformations is a step towards terminological and methodological refinement.

Keywords: ancient translations; book of Psalms; Septuagint Studies; transformations; Translation Studies



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