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More or less "translation": Landscapes of language and communication in India
, K. Shah
Published in Springer
Volume: 145
Pages: 125 - 148

This essay aims to theorise the present moment of translation in India without losing sight of its historical and contemporary understandings. It traces in the pre-modern moment, a range of linguistic negotiations to destabilise a theory of an absence of translation and dwells on perceptions of linguistic difference to show what 'translation' meant in pre-modern India. We demonstrate subsequently how colonial technologies produce the institution of language through translation and also how translation rests upon the institutions of languages. We argue that 'translation' as a term and as a concept of text-to-text/written transference of meaning is a nineteenth century phenomenon dating back to the colonial period. Furthermore,in the postcolonial moment that saw the use of translation in the service of regional and national identities, we also examine the complex relationship between English and the 'modern Indian languages' that has given rise to new creolised idioms.

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