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18:30 - 20:00 11 February 2016

Translation in prehistory


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Daniel Abondolo, is a Reader in Hungarian at SSEES. He read Ancient Greek, Sanskrit and anthropology at Yale, then studied Uralic and general linguistics with Robert Austerlitz at Columbia in New York, before joining SSEES in 1987. He has published books and articles on versification, poetics, shamanistic language, comparative and typological linguistics, and written a Finnish language textbook.

Dr Daniel Abondolo (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies) explores translation in the distant past, before writing. These may all be characterized as various forms of copying: quotation, indirect speech, and paraphrase in both its narrowing and expansive forms (summary, exposition) as well as reporting in its broader senses (e.g., ‘narration’ as opposed to ‘discourse’). Topics explored in this talk include scales of ‘borrowability’ between cultures; how contact influences change; split-second vs. longue durée metaphor. Case studies will range from language(s) in (pre-)Ancient Greece, through indigenous languages of Northwest Siberia and of Sakhalin, to communications networks and linguistic areas of the Amazon.


Dr Geraldine Brodie
+44 (0) 20 3108 1317 | g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk


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