Against theory : two processes, a number of roles and a word list

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Title: Against theory : two processes, a number of roles and a word list
Alternative title: Teoriaa vasten : kaksi prosessia, joukko rooleja ja sanalista
Author: Meriläinen, Sirpa
Other contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Humanistinen tiedekunta, Nykykielten laitos 2010-2017
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Helsingfors universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för moderna språk 2010-2017
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Thesis level: master's thesis
Discipline: englannin kääntäminen
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Abstract: Translation process research has a long tradition of viewing the translator as a ’black box’, an isolated agent focused on cognitive problem-solving. Recent approaches have expanded the view to include affects, emotions and even emotion management. The general framework of this study is to investigate affective and attitudinal elements and situational roles that influence a translator’s work process and task definition. To this end, the writer observes a practicing translator’s work self-reflexively using an autoethnographic approach and producing an introspective case study. The purpose of using an introspective and autoethnographic approach is to make the translator’s subjectivity visible and transparent in the study and to highlight the integral role of affect in translatorial action. An important part of this study is an attempt to relate a translator’s practice with current theory. The theoretical part summarizes linguistic and functionalist translation theories and translation process research, giving a review that briefly covers the most current research methods used in the study of cognitive processes in translation. The practical task described and accomplished in this study involves the investigation of two work processes related to the production of a didactic tool. The didactic tool is a word list containing 256 Finnish emotion words, which is used to practice emotional skills in the context of NVC (nonviolent communication). The pedagogical aim of the tool is to enable the users to expand their emotional vocabulary and learn to verbalize experienced feelings more accurately. Developed by Marshall Rosenberg, NVC (nonviolent communication) is a practical application of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. The production of the didactic tool involves two work processes, one completed by the translator of the list and the other, a review process, completed by the writer. In the review phase, the aim is to modify the tool according to client specifications and provide a suggestion for a more user-centered tool. The practical result of this study is a new word list containing 170 emotion adjectives collected from Kielitoimiston sanakirja and categorized by basic emotions.
Subject: translation process
user-centered translation
translator's subjectivity
NVC (nonviolent communication)
emotion words

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