Is that a fish in your ear? asks Old Member
Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything by David Bellos (1963, Modern Languages) hit the bookshops last month.
Mr Bellos looks at the whole of human experience, from foreign films to philosophy, to show why translation is at the heart of what we do and who we are, and asks such questions as how do you translate a joke, what’s the difference between a native tongue and a learned one, and can you translate between any pair of languages, or only between some.