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Giving authors a voice in another language through translation

Susan M. DiGiacomo

Abstract:

Good translation is attentive to voice. Forms of knowledge creation specific to different disciplines establish the general features of voice that help to define disciplines as discourse communities. In biomedicine, an empiricist epistemology represents scientific knowledge as a copy of facts; this valorizes an objective and depersonalized voice that avoids subjectivity, which is seen as a source of bias. In ethnography, by contrast, recognition of the person of the ethnographer as the instrument of knowledge production has as its consequence a voice that exploits the analytic possibilities of subjectivity. In order to deploy their own voices effectively, ...

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