Language and Linguistic Diversity
David Bellos Keynotes - David Bellos's speeches examine the nature of translations, what they provide and how they enhance...
In this brief talk, David Bellos touches upon the nature of translation as being at the heart of civilization and of what it means to have a language. Bellos argues that the myth of Babel, while entertaining, tells the wrong story, and that "the original use of human speech was to be different, not the same."
David Bellos discusses his pertinent interest in translations at the same time or within the same generation as the originals, rather than re-translations. Bellos emphasizes the important role the state of cultural knowledge, which was prevalent at the time the work was written.