Group: Huy, Marco, Zara
Date: 02/27/17 - 03/05/17
WOK Badge: Language
To what extent is art more of an art than a science?
Journal #1: Language February27
Today we started our work on language as a WOK. We decided to explore to what extent is translation more of an art than a science. There is no definitive way or pattern to translate language so that it makes sense. Each language has its own idioms and formats that make each case different. As a result, you need to use reason in order to make sure it makes sense. We plan to use google translate to show how language is manipulated and changed through translation.
Journal #2: Language March 1
Today we continued to work on our project. We explored an interview with Edith Grossman and got some insight into the specifics of translation. We worked on different translated sentences which we can use at examples to show how scientific or direct translation causes many problems. On the other hand, translation in an artistic sense is less rigid and more flexible which allows the sentences to make sense.
Journal #3: Language March 6
Last week we presented our presentation. Overall, it went very well and I consider it to be a success. We were able to promote our knowledge claim that translation is more of an art than a science through multiple examples and explanations.
Q: How does language shape knowledge?
A: Different languages have different structures and ways of thinking. As a result, a specific language would influence the way in which our knowledge is structured and formed. What we are exposed to through language is changed depending on the language.
Q: Is translation more of an art than a science?
A: Yes, because there is no definitive way or pattern to translate language so that it makes sense. Each language has its own idioms and formats that make each case different. Translation in an artistic sense is less rigid and more flexible which allows the sentences to make sense.
Q: To what extent do you agree with the following statement? "Language does more than simply describe the world in which we live; it actively structures our knowledge of it!"
A: I strongly agree with this statement because language is more than just a way of thinking, it is a way of thinking. Each language is different in that they are structured in specific ways that affect how we perceive our world.