Fascinated by Languages

ISBN 9789027226013 (Eur) | EUR 80.00
ISBN 9781588114082 (USA) | USD 120.00
ISBN 9789027296412 | EUR 80.00 | USD 120.00
In this unique account of 60 years of Bible translation, Eugene Nida sets out his journey with a personal touch. On the way, he reveals the importance of a solid knowledge of Greek and Hebrew as well as of the historical settings in which the Bible was created, in order to render effective translations. Through his story we get to know Nida's views on translations through the ages, in different cultures and narrative traditions, right through to the 21st Century.

This book is in the first place a study in anthropological linguistics that tells the rich history of Bible translation, the Bible Societies, translator training, and cultural translation problems.

Eugene A. Nida (1914) went to UCLA (Phi Beta Kappa, 1936) and the University of Southern California (Helenistic Greek, 1939). He taught at the Summer Institute of Linguistics from 1937-1952 and is past president of the Linguistic Society of America (1968).

From 1943-1981 he was language consultant for the American Bible Society and the United Bible Societies which led him to study many cultures across 96 countries and to lecture in over a hundred universities and colleges to this day.

His published works include Bible Translating (1946), Customs and Cultures (1954), Toward a Science of Translating (1964), Religion across Cultures (1968), The Sociolinguistics of Intercultural Communication (1996) and Translation in Context (2002).

[Not in series, 119]  2003.  vi, 157 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Fascinated by languages
Part I. In more than ninety countries
Travel surprises
Africa South of the Sahara
Latin America
North America
Eastern Europe
Western Europe
Part II: Bible Translation, Texts and Interpretations
Bible translation
Bible as literary genre
Texts and interpretations
Specifc Bible translation problems
Part III. A Personal Touch
Who am I?
Selective bibliography
“[...] anyone interested in language and culture cannot fail to be compelled by Nida's descriptions of and insights on scriptural translation. They are a testament to an extraordinary career.”
“I believe the book to be an important and welcome contribution to the field. It is a practical value to translator trainees as well as to teachers of translation. It also includes some information of historical value for those interested in the history of the theory of translation. And last but not least, it includes a critique of the most useful (according to the author of course) seventeen practical volumes in the field published in the twentieth century, and an up-to-date reference list. It is a practical book written by a down-to-earth scholar for skillful translators.”
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Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies
BIC Subject: CFP – Translation & interpretation
BISAC Subject: LAN023000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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