69555 - Translation from Italian into German II (First Language)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The student should be: conversant with the necessary instruments (elements of grammar and different types of dictionaries) and the basic methods of translation (macro and micro structures of texts, how to draw up the target texts); should be able to apply these in practice to a variety of text types; should be able to identify and apply the appropriate basic translational strategies to the texts to be translated

Course contents

The students will practice translating texts of  different text types and genres (guides, reviews, film dialogues), improving their capacities for source text analysis and target text rendering and their command of the German language. After a first reading/analysis phase students will be asked to individually translate the text given as assignment. Translations will then be discussed in class and the analysis and evaluation of translation choices will serve as a starting point for further theoretical and practical insight.



Further reading:

(see also Moodle website )

Christine Heiss (1996). “Die ‘commedia all'italiana auf deutsch'.” Traduzione multimediale per il cinema, la televisione e la scena. A cura di C. Heiss e R.M. Bollettieri Bosinelli. Bologna, Clueb, pp. 169-193.

Christine Heiss, Marcello Soffritti (2018). DeepLTraduttore e didattica della traduzione dall’italiano in tedesco -Alcune valutazioni preliminari.


Doris Höhmann (2013) Tourismuskommunikation. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang

Claudio Fantinuoli (2013)"Einbindung von Korpora im Übersetzungsunterricht als Schlüssel zur Professionalisierung ." In: Silvia Hansen-Schirra and Don Kiraly (eds.) Projekte und Projektionen in der translatorischen Kompetenzentwicklung, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp.173-188.
Giovanni Nadiani (1994). “Di alcuni segnali discorsivi nell'analisi contrastiva dei dialoghi in italiano e  in tedesco del film La stazione”, in Christine Heiss e Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli (a cura di), Traduzione multimediale per il cinema, la televisione e la scena. CLUEB, Bologna, pp. 185- 194.
Christiane Nord (1993). Einführung in das funktionale Übersetzen. Tübingen und Basel, UTB.
Radegundis Stolze (1994). Übersetzungstheorien. Eine Einführung. Tübingen, G. Narr Verlag.
Hans J. Vermeer (1992). Skopos und Translationsauftrag. Aufsätze. Frankfurt/M.: IKO
Federico Zanettin (2001). 'Swimming in words: corpora, translation, and language learning.' In: Learning with Corpora , Guy Aston ed., Bologna, CLUEB, pp. 177-197.
Richard Brütting (1997). Italien-Lexikon. Erich Schmidt Verlag.

Lutz Röhrich (2004). Lexikon der sprichwörtlichen Redensarten. Berlin, Digitale Bibliothek.

Monja Reichert (2006). 2000 Redewendungen Deutsch-Italienisch. Ismaning, Max Hueber Verlag

Teaching methods

In this course different translation strategies will be discussed and practised on the basis of semi- specialised  texts (newspapers, websites etc.) belonging to different thematic areas and text types. In addition a short introduction into screen translation will be given Special attention will be paid to divergent syntactic structures, idioms and technical expressions in the two languages from a contrastive point of view. Lexis will be particularly analysed in a pragmatic context, collocations will be valued  in their co- and context and semantic focus conditions will be discussed.

Frontal but intensely interactive teaching, with a frequency requirement of at least 70% of the hours. Systematic participation is required, with discussion of translation solutions.

For students who need teaching support in German language learning, a personal tutoring service is available, which can be booked via email.

Assessment methods

There are on-going tests and a final test. The final test aims to verify the ability to translate into German short tracks compatible with professional assignments.

For students who need teaching support in German language learning, a personal tutoring service is available, which can be booked via email.

The final vote is the average between the final translation of active translation and passive translation

Intermediate assessment

During the course intermediate assessments with individual correctionswill take place.

Final assessment

Translation of a text (approximately 250 words) on topics discussed during the course. Time limit: 120 minutes. Mono- and bilingual dictionaries can be used.

Teaching tools

Overhead projector, multimedia data base Forlixt1containing films in Italian and German, CD-ROMs, online databases, dictionaries and other materials in Italian and German. Students are expected to use the Moodle e-learning portal.

Office hours

See the website of Christine Antonie Heiss