L’EROSION DE LA FIDELITE DANS LA TRADUCTION PRAGMATIQUE : LE CAS D’UN TEXTE SUR LE TERRORISME RELIGEUX -BOKO HARAM, C’EST QUI ?, C‘EST QUOI ?

PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 2018

AUTHOR: Iwunze Emeka Innocent & Ajaegbu Florence Nneka
Department of Foreign Language & Translation Studies, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria.

Abstract
Translation of all text types primarily faces the challenges of fidelity, referred to by Ajunwa
(2014:18) as: “the most important characteristic, the hall mark and indicator of quality in
translation. Translation of pragmatic or general texts demands of the translator perhaps as much a
higher level of fidelity as techno-scientific texts do than literary texts, as any wrong translation of
such texts can entail disastrous consequences. This paper, through commented French- English
translation of a text on “religious terrorism” (Boko Haram c‟ est qui?, c‟ est quoi?) ,reflects on the
theory of “Erosion of fidelity in translation” and methodologically reviews Ajunwa‟s account of
“agents of fidelity erosion in translation” and proceeds to identify, isolate and comment on some
expressions and terms in the source language text written in the narrative present tense, considered
sensitive, fidelity to the meanings (messages) of which would obviously be eroded with the
sampled translation technique of “word-for-word” or “literal translation‟.

Keywords : Translation, Meaning, Fidelity, Erosion pragmatic texts, religious terrorism

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