[Mihalic] Mihalic update
john.burton at anu.edu.au
Fri Oct 7 12:22:02 EST 2005
I was recently in PNG and had productive talks with contacts at Divine Word
University and with the SVD in Mt Hagen. I expect us to be able to make a
substantive proposal on how to proceed within a few weeks.
In the mean time, I was asked to look over the TP translation of a lengthy
report in English in for an organisation in the NGO sector. The exercise
highlighted a number of things.
* translators need more than a fluent knowledge of the target language - in
this case, fluency in international donor-speak was an additional
* donor-speak and reportese often has long windey sentences that living
human beings wouldn't ever say, and a first step is to translate into normal
English - there was a tendency in the first instance to rigidly translate
donor-speak directly into TP
* there was a converse tendency to be too informal in translating key terms,
thus diluting the focus of various discussion and the impact of the report
as a whole
Here are some brain teasers that also came up (the TP offerings were not
necessarily my final suggestions):
implementation - wok bilong karimaut
significant political will - politikel sapot
growing instability - kainkain hevi bilong bipo yet na nupela wari gen long
public opinion - nek bilong pablik
should make clear the guidelines - mas tokaut klia long rul consistent with
- dispela mas bihainim policy and protocols that mandate - we i tokaut long
in extreme or special circumstances (= 'except for a special reason') - we i
no gat spesel risen long mekim / inap long spesel risen
play a more active role in - ol tu i mas putim han insait
recommendations - poin long karimaut
ratify - tok i orait long / sainim
given the critical role of international donors - bikos arapela kantri i
save givim bikpela helpim ...
as an integral part of this strategy - (omit)
donors should ensure that - ?? donors should raise with government - ??
Names of all government departments - what are they in TP?
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