What languages and authors are most often translated? Into what languages and in which countries are there the most translations? UNESCO’s Index Translationum provides answers to these questions in its vast bibliography of translated works throughout the world. It celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
To mark this anniversary, UNESCO is organizing a round table on 5 December (Room VII) on the topic “Measuring translation flows: what for?” with the participation of INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales).
The Index database, which brings together according to standard rules of transliteration some 1,700,000 entries listing more than 250,000 authors, is a work tool unique in the world and the result of international cooperation of national libraries in all domains of knowledge. Essentially intended to serve librarians, archivists, researchers, editors, journalists, translators etc, the Index also testifies to historical currents in thought, topical issues, reading habits, cultural exchanges, works of universal nature, etc.
Among the most translated authors are found, in no particular order, Walt Disney Productions, Agatha Christie, Jules Verne, Lenin and Shakespeare. Consulting the available data, it can be noted that the most translated languages in the world are English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. In the other direction, Japanese is among the languages most translated into; it is listed in fifth position after German, Spanish, French and English, before Dutch and Portuguese. Finally, Germany, Spain, France and Japan are the countries that translate the most.
The index, which grows annually by 100,000 new entries and is updated every four months, can be consulted on line.
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