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Translation: The Basics

1st Edition

By Juliane House


210 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2017-09-25
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Translation: The Basics is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the study of translation. Combining traditional text-based views with the context of translation in its widest sense, it presents an integrated approach to methodology in order to critically address influences such as power and gender, as well as cultural, ethical, political and ideological issues. Answering such questions as:

  • How can translations be approached?
  • Do social issues and culture play a part in translations?
  • How does a translation relate to the original work?
  • What effect has globalization had on translation?
  • What are the core concerns of professional translators?

Key theoretical issues are explained with reference to a range of case studies, suggestions for further reading and a detailed glossary of terms, making this the essential guide for anyone studying translation and translation studies.


Juliane House presents a thorough overview of the practice of translation and of the academic field of translation studies. As well as providing an introduction to basic concepts and practices, the book offers a readable and cogent analysis of the different theoretical perspectives and recent trends which make translation such a powerful linguistic and cultural phenomenon.

Jeremy Munday, University of Leeds, UK

This book offers a comprehensive and practical set of essential ideas and a most up-to-date account of trends in Translation Studies. Juliane House is able to make abiding issues in Translation Studies authentic, clear and reader-friendly, and most importantly of all, using innovative and critical viewpoints. A valuable reference book for scholars and students in both translation teaching and translation research.

Meifang Zhang, University of Macau, China

An essential book for anyone who researches, studies or is interested in translation.

Yuanyi Ma, Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology

Bo Wang, Sun Yat-sen University

Table of Contents


1. Basic Issues and Concepts

  • What is Translation?
  • Overview of Different Approaches to Translation
  • Integrating Different Approaches to Translation

2. Translatability, Equivalence and Translation Evaluation

  • From Untranslatability to Translatability
  • The Relationship between Original and Translation
  • Translation evaluation


3. Some Methodological Developments in Translation Studies

  • Translation and the Bilingual Mind
  • The Role of Corpora in Translation Studies
  • Globalization and Translation

4. The Practice of Translation in the Real World

  • Translation and Language Teaching and Learning
  • The Professional Practice of Translation



About the Author

Juliane House is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hamburg. She is the author of Translation as Communication across Languages and Cultures (Routledge, 2016).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General


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