Unit 2: The Descriptive Approach to Translation – Siobhan Brownlie
The unit focuses on the descriptive approach to translation research. The notions of the founding figure, Gideon Toury, are discussed together with criticisms of his ideas. As well as some general questions and tasks, students are asked to apply the theory and method to a set of texts they have constituted.
This material was developed in 2005 as part of the Translation Research Summer School, jointly organised by the University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, University College London and Hong Kong Baptist University, between 2001-2013. As such, it reflects early 21st century thinking on translation and interpreting studies.