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Title:Economics of literary translation: A simple theory and evidence PDF Logo
Authors:Ginsburgh, Victor
Weber, Shlomo
Weyers, Sheila
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: KTHC, Knowledge, technology, human capital 2008,12
Abstract:Books are an important factor of cultural transmission, but need, in most cases, to be translated. According to some authors, this may lead to a form of cultural domination of English. The population speaking English as a first language is, with the exception of Mandarin, the largest in the world. It is therefore not surprising that English produces more fiction (and much more scientific literature, as scientists from all countries write in English with increasing frequency) than any other language. We develop a theoretical model of translation, which is estimated on the basis of UNESCO translation data. We show that translations from English are dominated by translations from other languages, including Scandinavian ones and French.
Subjects:Languages
Translations
Cultural and Linguistic Distances
JEL:L82
Z11
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:FEEM Working Papers, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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