Investigating explanations of translational phenomena: A case for multiple causality

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The article investigates the issue of providing explanations for translational phenomena fhrough discussion of data provided by a case study of the English translations of works by French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard. In the study four major sources of explanation are proposed: individual situations (the context of production of a particular translation and different translators' attitudes); textuality (the conditions governing textuality implied in translation); translators' norms; and intersecting fields (academic translation is envisaged as being situated at the intersection of three fields: academia, publishing, and professional translation). The paper makes a case for multiple causality in translation, and also considers the issue of relations between the different sources of explanation. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-152
Number of pages41
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Descriptive-explanatory translation research
  • English translation of Jean-François Lyotard
  • Individual situations, textuality, translators' norms, social fields
  • Multiple causation of translational phenomena


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