SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Practical Translation Turkish to English

Module Code:
155900913
Credits:
15 credits
Year of study:
Year 3, Year 3 of 4 or Year 4 of 4

This module aims to enhance and structure students' practical skills in translation from Turkish to English, as well as provide them with an intellectual perspective on the activity of translation. The emphasis is mainly on advanced translation skills from English into Turkish. Students study a variety of texts including literary, fictional, journalistic and biographical prose.

Prerequisites

Students must have advanced level of language proficiency in both Turkish and English. 

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate developed skills in translating between English and Turkish, ensuring that the end product is cohesive, effective, and appropriate to the nature of the source text.
  2. Assess and analyse the nature and features of varieties of source texts, and demonstrate these skills through commentary on their translation choices and strategy.
  3. Assess, discuss and critique translated texts in English and Turkish, pointing out the difficulties and issues that face translators of these texts in terms of specific issues and overall translation strategy.
  4. Students will develop intellectual perspectives on the activity of translation and expand topic-based vocabulary.
  5. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate ability in handling texts, including literary, academic, political, journalistic and biographical texts with confidence.

Workload

Total of ten weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar.

Scope and syllabus

There is no set syllabus for this module. Texts will cover a core range of genres and text styles. It will include on-going discussion of the process and techniques of translation, from English into Turkish, close examination of the nature and features of different genres and varieties of texts, and exploration of the relevant translation strategies to adopt with them, both in class and during independent study. The module involves intensive practical translation, the application of translation theory to texts, and critique and assessment of pre-existing translations.

The order and levels of the text types studied will be flexible and tailored to the needs of the students.

Method of assessment

  • 1,000-word translation project (30%)
  • 2,000-word translation project (70%)

Suggested reading

  • Berk, Özlem, 2004. Translation and Westernisation in Turkey: from the 1840s to the 1980s.  Istanbul: Ege.
  • Berk, Özlem, 2006.  "Translating the “West”: The Position of Translated Western Literature within the Turkish Literary Polysystem", Revue des Littératures de l’Union Européenne 4:1 -18.
  • Gencan, T.N., 1975. Dilbilgisi. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu.
  • Lewis, Geoffery, 2000. Turkish Language Reform: A catastrophic success. Oxford.
  • Paker, Saliha, 1986. «Translated European Literature in the Late Ottoman Literary Polysystem», New Comparison, n. 1, p. 67-82.
  • Paker, Saliha, 2004. "Reading Turkish Novelists and Poets in English Translation: 2000-2004." Translation Review, 68: 6-18.
  • Paker, Saliha, ed., 2002.  Translations: (re)shaping of literature and culture, Istanbul: Boğaziçi University Press.
  • Türk Dili Çeviri Özel Sayısı, Ankara: TDK.

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