What makes empirical research ‘scientific’? Daniel Gile March 2009 Gartner Group is a company which provides inter alia ‘briefings’ for corporate executives in matters pertaining to the evolution of Information Technology in the marketplace. Its ‘analysts’, as they are called, often give half-day presentations packed with synopses of market evolution worldwide as well as short-term […]
Humanities and ESP: the Case of History Daniel Gile January 2008 In the ongoing debate about research paradigms in the TS community, it may be interesting to bring up the case of History. History is classified in the humanities and is perhaps unique among academic disciplines in that its product is often a narrative and/or
Text Perspectives and Translation Heidrun Gerzymisch-Arbogast How about looking at texts and their translations from different perspectives? Like the famous Leibniz example in which wanderers from the four directions of the compass head towards a town and each wanderer sees the same town but (only) from her individual perspective. All are right when
Translationland Ubaldo Stecconi Octber 2, 2006 In the past half century or so, there has been a growing recognition that translation and translating can be serious intellectual pursuits. There has also been a growing dissatisfaction with traditional accounts of translation, such as “replacement of textual material” (Catford 1965: 20) or “a problem in cryptography” (Weaver
A note on explanation Andrew Chesterman October 1, 2006 Descriptive Translation Studies aims at more than description. It also looks for explanations which add to our understanding. Some explanations are interpretive, or metaphorical ones. An unfamiliar phenomenon may be made more understandable if it is compared to, or seen as, a more familiar one.
Sampling 3: The effect of bias in samples Daniel Gile September 8, 2006 Samples are selected to be representative of populations. However, natural variability within the population makes it likely that with respect to the feature(s) in which investigators are interested, any sample will deviate to some extent from the population. If the sample is chosen at