Faithfulness--Translator’s Responsibility in Cross-Cultural Communication

Feng WU, Xihua XU

Abstract


New trends in translation have led to a mistaken notion that faithfulness is obsolete. This article argues that faithfulness should be highlighted in cross-cultural communication to promote better understanding. As a result, a translator should cultivate a strong sense of responsibility, keeping in mind that faithfulness is the guarantee of successful cross-cultural communication. Erroneous translation, either because of incautious, incompetent translation ending in misinformation, or because of deliberate reading into the source language text the translator’s own ideas, ending in disinformation, is detrimental to effective cross-cultural communication. Faithful translation can never be overemphasized.

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Cross-cultural communication; Faithful translation; Misinformation; Disinformation WU Feng, XU Xihua (2014). Faithfulness--Tr

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2F5103

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