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Found In Translation : How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World

By (author) Nataly Kelly , By (author) Jost Zetzsche

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Translation. It's everywhere we look, but seldom seen--until now. "Found in Translation" reveals the surprising and complex ways that translation shapes the world. Covering everything from holy books to hurricane warnings and poetry to peace treaties, Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche offer language lovers and pop culture fans alike an insider's view of the ways in which translation spreads culture, fuels the global economy, prevents wars, and stops the outbreak of disease. Examples include how translation plays a key role at Google, Facebook, NASA, the United Nations, the Olympics, and more.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • 04 Oct 2012
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Perigee Books,U.S.
  • English
  • 039953797X
  • 9780399537974
  • 84,276

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Nataly Kelly is the chief research officer at Common Sense Advisory, a research and consulting firm specializing in global business and language services, as well as a certified court interpreter. Jost Zetzsche is a working translator and a widely published author in language industry publications, including the" American Translators Association Chronicle, MultiLingual, "and "Translation Journal. "

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"This is by far the most meaningful book on the subject of translation that I have ever seen. The authors have managed to entertain, inform, and show how translation impacts all aspects of our life, from health to business to entertainment and technology, all supported with real-life examples."--Ghassan Haddad, Director of Internationalization, Facebook

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A book dedicated to translators, gasp!

Is this book here to publicly recognise that it is because of translators that the world communicates? It would seem so. Jost Zetzche and Nataly Kelly paint a vivid canvas of just how many aspects of everyday life are profoundly affected by translation. Well researched and presented, this book reveals the extent to which the products we use and the freedoms and pleasures we enjoy are made possible by translation. Above and beyond world politics and global business, the book is divided into chapters that cover areas as diverse as space travel, legal cases, battlefields, fashion, medicine, terrorism, marketing, the European Union, Ikea, Dr Seuss, the Simpsons, Twitter, Shakespeare, cinema, sport, religion, love, porn, the airline industry, food and more. Each chapter is interspersed with highlighted text boxes that provide examples of funny diplomatic and marketing mistranslations, linguistic facts or quirky stories such as being able to access the ATM in Latin at the Vatican. You will also read about real life examples from translators who have roles that go above and beyond what the average person would realise. There are interpreters in war zones, pro bono translators for the Economist in China, sign language experts, and the translation of text messages even helped save lives during the earthquake in Haiti.show more
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