Monthly Archives: November 2018

The History and Origins of Translation – Part 2

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History has seen many translators, who are often unknown characters that have paved the way for great ideas of work and contributed amazing knowledge to the world. Some translators even lost their lives for their work, perhaps the most infamous being William Tyndale, an English scholar who translated the Bible into English and was subsequently executed for it. Tyndale’s translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts and was the first to take advantage of the printing press. He was arrested and later executed on grounds of heresy, but eventually King Henry VIII authorised the Great Bible for the Church of England which was […]

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The History and Origins of Translation – Part 1

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“Translation” comes from a Latin phrase which literally means, “to bring or carry across”, and since the beginning of time humans have needed to be able to translate – whether that was actions and gestures needed for survival, or moving right up to the modern form of language translation we know today. Some of the earliest forms of written languages that are commonly known are Egyptian hieroglyphs, which were the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt. These combined logographic – a written character that represents a word or a phrase, not dissimilar to Chinese characters, syllabic – a written character representing a syllable, and alphabetic elements with a total […]

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