(Semi)peripheries in contact

Indirect translation of novels into Swedish 2000–2015

Authors

  • Anja Allwood University of Gothenburg, Sweden

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/stridon.1.1.57-77

Keywords:

indirect translation, literary translation, novels, triangulation, Swedish language

Abstract

This article widens the perspective of indirect translation (ITr) research by focusing on the range of mediating languages and with a corpus of all indirect translations into a specific language (Swedish) during 2000–2015. The following issues will be described and explained: which languages are used as mediating languages (MLs), what their respective proportions look like, and which possible reasons for using a language other than English as the ML can be identified. The corpus reveals that out of all novels translated into Swedish during the period under study, 1.3% (70 novels) were indirect translations, and out of these 70, more than two thirds have English as the ML. A search into the cases where English has not been used produced a list of suggested reasons regarding the choice of ML. The most often occurring explanation seems to be that no English translation existed, or that such a translation was already indirect.

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30.06.2021 — Updated on 07.07.2021

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Allwood, A. (2021). (Semi)peripheries in contact: Indirect translation of novels into Swedish 2000–2015. STRIDON: Studies in Translation and Interpreting, 1(1), 57–77. https://doi.org/10.4312/stridon.1.1.57-77 (Original work published June 30, 2021)

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