BA_MgF3 Finnish: translating course

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Markéta Hejkalová (lecturer)
Mgr. Petra Hebedová, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Petra Hebedová, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Petra Hebedová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Knowledge of Finnish corresponding to three years of bachelor studies.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Course, oriented both theoretically and practically, will consider possible different attitudes to translation of literature. We will deal with specific problems of translation of local names and realia, slang etc. Course will also provide introduction to the publishing business: how to contact the author of the original text, how to obtain royalties, how to find a publisher, how to edit the translated text etc.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to describe some translatory procedures, regarding mainly prose, construct and evaluate relevant differences between Finnish and Czech to manage an adequate translation, and to avoid the typical translatory mistakes. Students should be able to translate chosen literary text - short story, extract from the novel etc. and, if possible, publish it, for example in a literary journal.
  • The cours will take place once in two weeks, each unit consists of four teaching hours. Each unit combines theoretical and practical part. We shall start from basic rules for beginning translators and later on deal with some special topics. In practical part, we will translate various literary texts.
  • Český překlad II (1945-2004) : sborník příspěvků z kolokvia, které se konalo v Ústavu translatologie FF UK v rámci výzkumného záměru Základy moderního světa v zrcadle literatury a filozofie (MSM 0021620824) v Praze 8. dubna 2005. V Praze: Univerzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta, 2005. 394 s. ISBN 8073081016. info
  • Český překlad 1945-2003 : sborník příspěvků ze sympozia, které se konalo v Ústavu translatologie FF UK v rámci výzkumného záměru Srovnávací poetika v multikulturním světě v Praze 11. září 2003. Edited by Milan Hrala. V Praze: Univerzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta, 2005. 175 s. ISBN 8073080834. info
Teaching methods
Course is organized as workshop, where students are translating (in the class or at home), and teacher comments their translation. Possible solutions, pros and cons of different solutions are discussed. Unacceptable solutions and translatory errors are pointed out.
Assessment methods
The course is finished by written examination, translation of literary text, of about 3 600 characters.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Autumn 2020.
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