Function And Text Type Theory And The Skopos Theory By Hans J. Vermeer

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different strategies for different texts depending on, not only their view of translation but also what they deemed to be important when translating. There are two specific theorists who firstly worked on their own but later on collaborated ideas in order to eliminate criticisms and achieve a better theory of translation. These two theorists moved away from the linguistic turn where it is essential to make sure the target text contains the exact meaning portrayed in the source text and instead, were interested in the relationship between a text and not only the audience but also the role of the target text in the target culture. According to these theorists, translation strategies should differ not just in terms of how they render specific …show more content…
In this essay, Reiss’ function and text type theory and the skopos theory by Hans J. Vermeer will be outlined and discussed in depth to show how translation strategies will change depending not only on the type of text but also depending on its purpose and audience, making reference to the translation procedures put forward by Jean Paul Vinay and Jean Darbelnet. These theories will also be analysed and evaluated in order to further comprehend how these help us understand how translation strategies change.
The first person to bring up a theory which mainly focused on texts types was Katharina Reiss, who believed that communication takes place principally at text level rather than at the word level. She believed a “functionally equivalent translation needs to be based on a detailed semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic analysis of the source text.” (Venuti 2012:137) [1], suggesting that a successful translation, in her
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The translation should transmit the aesthetic and replicate the stance put forward by the author in the source text. An example of an expressive text type would be poems, novels and even biographies. For a successful translation of this type of text, a translator may use the method of adaptation as it allows he translator to pass on the message whilst making significant but required changes. For example, if a translator was translating a poem and the goal was for the aesthetic and rhyme theme to be kept, the translator may translate not only according to the meaning of the poem but also according to the rhyming the original author had chosen. Also, for this text type, the procedure of equivalence could be used where there are idioms and metaphors as this method looks for equivalents of the same metaphor in a different

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