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Retranslating Chaves Nogales into Spanish or an Act of Ventriloquy: A Case Study Through Corpus Frequency Analysis

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Manuel Chaves Nogales (Seville, Spain, 1897 – London, 1944) was a Spanish journalist and writer. Politically, he was a moderate left-wing liberal democrat who defined himself as “antifascist and anti-revolutionary”. In 1940, fleeing from the Nazi invasion of Paris, where he was working for Havas and Cooperation Press Agency, he arrived in London with Winston S. Churchill’s literary agent, Emery Reves, and started collaborating with the British Ministry of Information. Publishing his articles through Reuters and AFI , he contributed his pieces to the Evening Standard, the BBC and other non-Spanish speaking media. During the Second World War, Chaves Nogales’s articles were published in English, French, and Portuguese, however, their originals are lost. As a whole volume needed translation into Spanish for his newly edited complete works (Obra Completa, Libros del Asteroide, 2020), a hybrid system based on computerised corpora and human translation was chosen to complete this task with greater productivity and higher precision. In this talk I will present the outcomes of this new methodology to enhance translation accuracy in the work by multilingual authors.

Speaker’s Bio-note:

Yolanda Morató is an Associate Professor at the University of Seville and a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge with a European Commission i-Portunus grant. She has taught and researched at international institutions such as Harvard University, Cornell, SUNY and Warwick. Focusing on English and North American Modernism, she has published articles and translations in national and international journals, among them an annotated edition of Wyndham Lewis’s first autobiography, “Blasting and Bombardiering”, which won the AEDEAN 2008 Translation Prize. She is currently working on hybrid translation models applied to multilingual literary and journalistic writing.

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