Hybrid languages, translation and post-colonial challenges

  • Joshua M. Price Binghamton University
  • Martha Pulido (Traductora) Universidad de Antioquia
  • María Constanza Guzmán (Traductora) York University|
Keywords: translation, translation studies, postcolonialism, multilinguality, hybridization, creolization, dichotomous thinking


Multilinguality, creolization and hybridisation are central phenomena of language. Languages bear the traces of creative borrowing, as well as forced changes as a consequence of domination. However, mainstream translation theory generally seems to presuppose a clear division between source language and target language. Why the persistence not to see the ways languages intermesh? In this essay I 1) argue the importance of multilinguality for translation theory, 2) suggest that the theoretical insistence in not seeing the way languages intermesh is grounded in an Occidentalist preoccupation with I/Other relations which require strict dichotomization and 3) disrupt the dichotomy with insurgent texts and voices which countermand the tendency to erase any kind of linguistic mixing. I conclude by proposing a methodology for taking fuller stock of the play of power and the plurality.

Received: 08-04-07 / Accepted: 06-08-07

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Price, J. M. (2007). Lenguas híbridas, traducción y desafíos poscoloniales. Íkala. 12(1), pp. 61 – 93.

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Author Biographies

Joshua M. Price, Binghamton University
Joshua M. Price is Associate Professor in the Program in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture. He is also Associate Professor of Linguistics and Affiliated Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Areas Studies.
Martha Pulido (Traductora), Universidad de Antioquia
Martha Pulido es profesora asociada de la Escuela de Idiomas de la Universidad de Antioquia y coordinadora del Grupo de Investigación en Traductología.
María Constanza Guzmán (Traductora), York University|
María Constanza Guzmán es profesora de tiempo completo en la Escuela de Traducción y el Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de York, Glendon Collage.


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Price, J. M., Pulido (Traductora), M., & Guzmán (Traductora), M. C. (2009). Hybrid languages, translation and post-colonial challenges. Íkala, 12(1), 61-93. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ikala/article/view/2713
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