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Author Koskinen, Kaisa.

Title Translating institutions : an ethnographic study of EU translation / Kaisa Koskinen
Published Manchester, UK : St. Jerome Pub. : InTrans Publications, 2008


Description 1 online resource (ix, 177 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Half Title; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1.1 Net-weaving; 1.2 The European Commission as a translated institution; 1.3 Ethnography: a weaving method; 1.4 Small is beautiful; 1.5 Role of the researcher; 1.6 The logic of both/and; 1.7 Aims and structure of the book; Part I; Translating institutions and institutional translation; 2.1 Institutions; 2.2 Rules, norms, and beliefs; 2.3 Institutional translation; 2.4 Categories of translated institutions; Supra-national institutions; Multilingual and bilingual administration; Public services
2.5 Translating institutions and translator training in FinlandEthnographic approach to institutional translation; 3.1 How to research institutional translation?; 3.2 Essentials of ethnography; 3.3 Ethnography in translating institutions; 3.4 Probing cultural relations; Operationalizing culture; Nexus approach to culture; 3.5 Identifications; Split identities; Questioning identification; Textual identities; 3.6 Who is who: Positioning myself; Reminiscences; Ethical considerations; Part II; Language work in the European Commission; 4.1 Institutional Ethnography; 4.2 Framework documents
Institutional multilingualismBuilding Europe; Legal selves in a law-based administration: Staff Regulation; 4.3 Translating in the European Commission; DGT; Mission; Material environment: JMO; The Finnish Unit; 4.4 Living in Luxembourg; 4.5 Conclusions; Institutional identifications; 5.1 European identities; 5.2 Provoking representations with the help of focus groups; Ethnography and focus groups; Focus groups in the translation unit; Mind map and questionnaire; Transcription and translation; Limits of focus groups; 5.3 Translation unit as a nexus of relations; Officials and translators
Socialization to the organizationSocialization to the profession: the issue of educational background; Readers and readability; Transnational expatriates; 5.4 The role of laughter; Laughing together; Laughing at ambiguities; 5.5 Conclusions; Institutional text production; 6.1 Social study of texts; Mapping the process; Focus on shifts; Interpersonal shifts; 6.2 Drafting process; Political redrafting (ORI-00 ₂!ORI-01); Institutional redrafting (ORI-01 ₂!ORI-02); Reframing the document (ORI-02 ₂!ORI-03); Drafting process: summary; 6.3 Translation process
Communicating in Finnish (independent reading of TRA-02)Continued institutionalization (ORI-02 ₂!TRA-02); Analysis of shifts vs. independent reading; Improved AND deteriorated version (ORI-03 ₂!RA-03); Translation process: summary; 6.4 From shouldness to maybeness?; 6.5 Conclusions: Us and them; Net results; 7.1 Rules, norms and beliefs: the question of culture in institutional translation; 7.2 Readability; 7.3 Recognition; 7.4 Towards reflexive practice; Appendix 1: Mind Map; Appendix 2: Questionnaire; References; Index
Summary Translating Institutions outlines a framework for research on translation in institutional settings, using the Finnish translation unit at the European Commission as a case study. Because of their foundational multilingualism, the institutions of the European Union could be described as both translating and translated institutions. The European Commission alone employs nearly two thousand translators, and it is translators who draft the vast majority of outgoing EU messages. Translating Institutions sets out to explore the organizational role and professional identity of this group of cultural mediators, a group that has remained relatively invisible despite its size and central institutional role, and to use the analysis of this data to elaborate broader methodological and theoretical issues
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-172) and index
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Subject European Commission -- Translating services.
SUBJECT European Commission fast
Union européenne. Commission européenne. ram
Subject Translating and interpreting -- Social aspects
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- Multi-Language Phrasebooks.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Alphabets & Writing Systems.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Grammar & Punctuation.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- General.
UE/CE Commission.
UE/CE Institutions et organes.
Translating and interpreting -- Social aspects
Translating services
Services de traduction -- Pays de l'Union européenne.
Translation & interpretation -- EU (European Union).
Sociolinguistics -- EU (European Union).
EU & European institutions -- EU (European Union).
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317640158