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Vision In The Eye Of The Beholder: Translation Or Transformation

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An English rendering of the Latin word "translation" is "transformation". Translation occurs in a context, a context in which people hope to understand each other, and perhaps themselves as well, since all relationships effect change, however minutely. In the context of academic study, researchers and those being researched may hope for a minimum of "transformation" in their translations when the aim is to represent accurately a particular theory, view, or analysis. Why engage with a point of view that someone never actually put forward, but has been mistranslated or "transformed" in the translation process? Well, sometimes it is a fruitful exercise even if the original scholar's ideas have been mistranslated or transformed!.

Keywords: transformation; translation



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