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Richard eat peppers hot. Orange Tim car in. Banana the eat,” (Pinker 1994: 293). Isabelle was able to learn the language properly, while Chelsea was not, and this change in the level of success attained was attributed to the age difference of the two subjects. The question still remains whether the reported cases were not too exceptional to be used as explanations of the usual course of development of language learning and language acquisition. For example, Genie did not only grow up languageless, she also lived in complete sensory deprivation and sustained considerable emotional scars during her confinement, she was brought up in conditions of inhuman neglect and extreme isolation, not only was she not talked to, she heard almost no sound and experienced no love and physical contact.

He also never disputes another principle, connected Translation into a non-mother tongue in translation theory to the first one and also typical of the canonised translational norms of the English-speaking world – the principle of fluency and naturalness. This norm has prevailed over other translational strategies in English-speaking cultures and shaped the canon of foreign literatures in English (see Venuti 1995). And since it was also agreed that “perfect” fluency in the TL and the mastery of its different styles could only be achieved in one’s mother tongue, the norm that the translator (of at least literary texts) should be a native speaker of the TL became widely accepted too; in fact, it seems even more deeply grounded than the fluency principle.

E. ). But in spite of his openness towards the foreign, and sensitivity to ethnocentric violence, Venuti never touches the problem of the translator’s TL, and thus accepts, though perhaps not consciously, the prevailing and ethnocentric norm that proclaims the superiority of TL translators. : 99), and he explains the translational practice of Ezra Pound, without mentioning his “Cathay” (1915), despite the fact that this, probably the most praised of Pound’s translations of Chinese poems, is also famous for the fact that Pound did not understand Chinese when he translated from E.

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