The idea of the hybrid texts and translation: contact as conflict

Christina Schäffner, Beverly Adab

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Intercultural communication in the global environment frequently involves recourse to translation. This generates new phenomena which, in turn, raise new questions for translation theory and practice. This issue is concerned with the concept of the hybrid text as one of these phenomena. In this introductory chapter, a hybrid text is defined as: „a text that results from a translation process. It shows features that somehow seem ‘out of place'/‘strange'/‘unusual' for the receiving culture, i.e. the target culture”. It is important, however, to differentiate between the true hybrid, which is the result of positive authorial and/or translatorial decisions, and the inadequate text which exhibits features of translationese, resulting from a lack of competence. Textual, contextual and social features of hybrid texts are postulated (see discussion paper). These are the object of critical reflection in sub-sequent chapters, in relation to different genres. The potential of the hybrid text for translation research is explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalAcross Languages and Cultures
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001


  • intercultural communication
  • translation
  • translation theory
  • translation practice
  • hybrid text


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