M1: Unit 4: Q2 Answer

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Whether or not you agree with the historians’ evaluation of this translation depends on your own understanding of what translation generally is. If you believe that translation is merely a linguistic act in which a certain verbal message needs to be relayed from one verbal system to another as ‘faithfully’ as possible, you will most likely share the same view of these historians. If you, however, are aware of the problematic nature of such terms as ‘faithfulness’ and ‘fidelity’ and if you are of the view that translation involves more than linguistic transfer, you will probably cast doubt on this evaluation.