Translation practices in political institutions:a comparison of national, supranational, and non-governmental organisations


This article explores the settings and practices of translation at three types of political institutions, i.e. national, supranational, and non-governmental organisations. The three institutions are the translation service of the German Foreign Office, the translation department of the European Central Bank, and translation provision by the non-governmental organisation Amnesty International. The three case studies describe the specific translation practices in place at these institutions and illustrate some characteristic translation strategies. In this way, we reflect on how different translation practices can impact on translation agency and how these practices in turn are influenced by the type of institution and its organisational structure. The article also aims to explore to which extent the characteristics of collectivity, anonymity and standardisation, and of institutional translation as self-translation are applicable to the institutions under discussion.

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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Perspectives: Studies in Translatology on 9/10//14, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency,institutional translation,translation at the European Central Bank,translation provision for Amnesty International,translation service of the German Foreign Office,Linguistics and Language
Publication ISSN: 1747-6623
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2024 17:50
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 14:00
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 76X.2014.948890
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PURE Output Type: Special issue
Published Date: 2014
Published Online Date: 2014-07-13
Authors: Schäffner, Christina
Tcaciuc, Luciana Sabina
Tesseur, Wine



Version: Accepted Version

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