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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37500 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
CAL 21

Course Description

This course will consist of group and individual work focusing on the practical aspects of translation as a means to expand students' resources by practicing and improving grammar, style and lexicon. We will analyze selected texts--originals as well as translations, and translate a variety of genres--literature as well as newspaper articles, ads, screenplays, and comic strips. Translation exercises will be from English into Italian, except for one short individual project from Italian into English. Emphasis will be on grammatical correctness rather than literary sophistication, and gaining exposure to different types of language and register. Group work and discussion of each translation will provide an opportunity for exploring issues pertaining to the history, theory and practice of translation, as well as learning how to use dictionaries and reviewing specific grammatical problems.

Grading Policy

COMPUTATION OF GRADE: 3 exams, 60%; homework, presentation and participation 40%


A packet of xeroxed materials, a monolingual dictionary, a bilingual dictionary (Sansoni-Collins, unabridged edition), a reference grammar.


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