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Personal diversity and diverse personalities in translation: a study of individual differences

Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine Emmanuelle (2009). Personal diversity and diverse personalities in translation: a study of individual differences. Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, 17(3) pp. 175–192.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/09076760903249380
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Abstract

Drawing from a recent study highlighting ways in which translators’ personalities could be guiding the process of translation and the creation of patterns of behaviour that positively and negatively affected their target texts, this article presents some findings from that study and their implications for interdisciplinary research in translation studies. This article will demonstrate how the application of a methodology drawn from psychology to a corpus of 20 translators has permitted the suggestion that the presence of traits could influence their performance in translation, and become perceptible to potential target readers. Although context-bound, the study highlights correlations between a number of personality traits and translation quality, a finding which could have important implications for translator training. This article considers the argument that translation studies can benefit from importing concepts and methodologies from the field of personality psychology, but also that novice translators need to become more acutely aware of the different and individual ways in which they impact on target texts, and the resulting target readers’ perceptions of their work.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1747-6623
Keywords: translators’ personalities; process research; translator behaviour; translation strategies; translation assessment; individual differences
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 46423
Depositing User: Severine Hubscher-Davidson
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 09:14
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 17:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46423
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