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date: 03 June 2020

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The chapter addresses the question of the intertranslatability of languages by way of discussions of (i) Jakobson’s and Sapir’s views of the relationship between translation and contrastive/comparative linguistics, (ii) Quine’s and Davidson’s use of the notions of translation and interpretation in analytical philosophy of language, and (iii) major movements in twentieth-century translation studies. Finally, the arguments for and against the use of translation in language teaching are rehearsed, in light of the finding of one of the very few empirical studies of this issue.

Keywords: equivalence, radical translation, radical interpretation, grammar translation method, translation exercises

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