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1 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Representations of Lapland in French travel literature – The translator as the mediator of Otherness Merja Torvinen University of Oulu, Finland PhD Seminar: Contrasting Translation Theories and Methodologies Tallinn, Estonia, 20–22 April 2009

2 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Contents  Research questions  Research material  Theoretical framework  Research methods  Some results

3 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Research questions  The image of Lapland in historical French travel accounts and their modern Finnish translations roles, attitudes, discourses translation strategy, ideology in translation

4 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Research material  Jean-François Regnard: Voyage de Laponie (1731)  Réginald Outhier: Journal d’un voyage au Nord en 1736 & 1737 (1744)  Xavier Marmier: Relation du voyage (1842)  Translator: Marja Itkonen-Kaila  Retki Lappiin (1982)  Matka Pohjan perille 1736–1737  Pohjoinen maa luvun Lappia ja Suomea ranskalaisen silmin (1999)

5 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Theoretical framework  critical text linguistics systemic functional grammar discourse analysis  translation studies Venutian approach sociology of translation (or sociology of translators, Pym 2004)

6 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Research methods  discourse analysis: themes and discourses  functional analysis: roles and processes (modality)  translation analysis: interview with the translator: identifying translation strategy, contextualising the TTs contrastive analysis on functional and semantic level

7 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Some results: main clauses Source texts FRMarmierOuthierRegnard MAIN CLAUSES Material Mental Verbal Relational Existential Behavioral Total: Target texts FIMarmierOuthierRegnard MAIN CLAUSES Material Mental Verbal Relational Existential Behavioral Total:

8 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Some results: subordinate clauses Kohdeteksti FIMarmierOuthierRegnard SUBORDINATE CLAUSES Material Mental Verbal Relational Existential71312 Behavioral356 Yhteensä: Source texts FRMarmierOuthierRegnard SUBORDINATE CLAUSES Material Mental Verbal Relational Existential51612 Behavioral959 Yhteensä:

9 LANGNET, The Finnish Graduate School in Language Studies Some results: texts as wholes Source texts FRMarmierOuthierRegnard PROCESSES material52,91 %53,63 %49,02 % mental14,04 %7,75 %13,84 % verbal5,48 %5,54 %5,36 % relational20,03 %26,32 %27,41 % existential2,57 %4,43 %2,05 % behavioral4,97 %2,34 %2,23 % Target texts FIMarmierOuthierRegnard PROCESSES material53,71 %56,07 %50,63 % mental15,16 %8,87 %16,00 % verbal6,29 %5,73 %6,05 % relational15,00 %21,56 %21,85 % existential5,48 %6,28 %2,44 % behavioral4,35 %1,50 %3,02 %


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