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Ulf Norberg

Ulf Norberg

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Arbetar vid Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet
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E-post ulf.norberg@su.se
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Postadress Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Jag är docent i översättningsvetenskap vid Tolk- och översättarinstitutet (TÖI), Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet, Stockholms universitet.

Undervisning

Jag undervisar på kurser i facköversättning och skönlitterär översättning, samt i översättningsteori. Jag handleder också uppsatser på olika nivåer.

Forskning

Forskningsintressen:

  • kognitiva aspekter av översättning
  • skrivtolkning
  • översättning mellan närliggande språk
  • översättning av barnlitteratur
  • översättningsdidaktik

Publikationer

I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2017. Ulf Norberg, Ursula Stachl-Peier. Interpreting Studies at the Crossroads of Disciplines, 129-155

    Speech-to-text interpreting, or speech-to-text transcription, is a mode of communication in which spoken language is transcribed by a person using a standard or specially adapted keyboard with the text being instantly displayed on the screen. It is typically used in public service interpreting settings by late-deafened or hearing-impaired adults who have insufficient knowledge of sign language to benefit from sign language interpreting. Since typing is typically slower than speaking, efficient condensation seems crucial to ensure that the message of the spoken text is captured. This article examines the use of condensation by two speech-to-text interpreters transcribing the interaction during a university seminar for a hearing-impaired student. The results indicate that the speech-to-text interpreters effectively omit non-essential information and repetition but are less successful when it comes to condensation that requires more cognitive processing.  They also tend to use the pauses after the lecturer's questions for almost verbatim transcriptions with considerable timelag, a decision or a strategy which significantly limits the client's opportunity for active participation.

  • 2016. Ulf Norberg. Svenskans beskrivning 34, 357-369
  • 2015. Ulf Norberg. "Et uvanlig godt språkøre" - artikler om Alf Prøysen og språket, 151-166

    Alf Prøysens välkända sagor om Teskedsgumman översattes på 50- och 60-talen till svenska av hans vän, visdiktaren Ulf Peder Olrog, och dennes fru Inga. I den här studien undersöks översättningar av tio av sagorna. Dessa kan betecknas som i huvudsak trogna mot originalet, även om de innehåller ett antal betydande förändringar. Här inkluderas bytet av kulturella referenser till svenska motsvarigheter, användandet av former med en norsk touche, användandet av talspråksformer, samt tillägg. Effekter av dessa förändringar diskuteras; som mest problematiska ses vissa av tilläggen då de kan minska det okonventionella i sagorna.

  • 2015. Maureen Ehrensberger-Dow (et al.).
  • Konferens En katts resa
    2015. Carina Gossas (et al.). Översättning för en ny generation, 61-71

    I den här studien jämförs översättningar av två av Sven Nordqvists bilderböcker om gubben Pettson och katten Findus till tre germanska språk (norska, tyska, nederländska) och två latinska språk (franska och spanska). Syftet med studien är att undersöka vilka tendenser i översättningspraktiken som varit gällande i fem olika språkområden med olika kulturellt och språkligt avstånd från det svenska originalet. I studien diskuteras utgivningsstatistik, måltexternas yttre utformning och dessutom görs en analys av översättning av namn samt uttryck för ljud och rörelse. Studien visar att de germanskspråkiga översättningarna är mer källtextnära än de romanskspråkiga och att de franska är de som avlägsnar sig längst från källtexten.

  • 2015. Ulf Norberg, Ursula Stachl-Peier. Non-professional Interpreting and Translation in the Media, 133-147
  • 2015. Ulf Norberg, Petra Thore. Översättning för en ny generation, 51-60

    I föreliggande studie jämförs de engelska och tyska översättningarna av Henning Mankells barnbok Katten som älskade regn (1992). Boken har rönt stora framgångar på tyskt språkområde och kan närmast sägas tillhöra kanon i den tyska skolan, mendan den gått mer obemärkt förbi i den engelsktalande världen. Efter en allmän karakteristik av de två översättningarna specialstuderas översättarnas lösningar kring två särskilda kategorier, nämligen översättningarn av vissa adjektiv med emotiva (men även kognitiva) funktioner samt upprepningars behandling i översättning. När det gäller adjektiv uppvisade de två översättningarna stora skillnader, och ett antal tänkbara anledningar diskuteras. Beträffande upprepningar fanns en stor spännvidd i funktion inom kategorin, vilket gav stora återverkningar på översättningarna.

  • 2015. Ulf Norberg. "Ein Ewigs Feuer dir entbrant" Germanistische Studien zu Sprache, Literatur und Kultur, 101-113
  • 2015. Ulf Norberg, Ursula Stachl-Peier, Liisa Tiittula. Translation & Interpreting 7 (3), 36-49

    Speech-to-text (STT) interpreting is a type of intralingual interpreting mostly used by late deafened and hearing impaired persons who have a spoken language as their first language. In Finland, Sweden and Austria the speech-to-text transfer is performed in real-time by interpreters using a (specially adapted or standard) keyboard that is connected to a screen. As a result of different legislative frameworks governing services for the disabled, STT interpreting has developed differently in different countries and so far there has been little international cooperation. STT interpreting has also been largely ignored by Translation and Interpreting Studies. This paper examines the situation in Finland and Sweden, where STT interpreting training programmes have been available since the 1980s, and Austria, where the first training programme started in 2010, and investigates the norms, values and expectations that guide STT interpreters’ practice in the three countries. It also looks at the factors necessary for the development of a distinct ‘STT interpreting culture’.

  • 2014. Ulf Norberg. Translation and Interpreting Studies 9 (1), 150-164

    The objective of this paper is to examine students' understanding of the processes involved in translation if they are asked to write self-reflections on the strategies and procedures that they have employed and to submit these with their translations. The material analyzed in this study comprises retrospective, guided commentaries submitted during two terms by a group of undergraduate students studying translation. The results indicate that commentaries can foster heightened self-awareness of several aspects of the process, such as initial reading and revision. It is argued that the design of instructions for commentaries, including their variation and built-in progression, is of great importance for process-oriented translation teaching and deserves further experimental study.

  • 2014. Ulf Norberg. MikaEL. Electronic Proceedings of the KäTu Symposium on Translation and Interpreting Studies. Vol. 8, 104-118

    Speech-to-text interpreting (STTI) is an intralingual form of interpreting, mainly used by late deafened and hearing impaired persons, in which speech is transferred to text in real-time. The text is produced on a computer keyboard and displayed on a screen for the user(s) who normally use spoken language for their contributions. Finnish and Swedish law recognize STTI as a type of interpreting, on a par with spoken and sign language interpreting.

    For this study, which builds on ethnographical principles, nine persons working in the area of STTI from Finland and Sweden were interviewed with the aim of obtaining insights into their attitudes concerning STTI as a professional activity. The results suggest that the public image of STTI as for example depicted on official web sites, differs considerably from practitioners’ personal views, in particular concerning issues such as completeness of renditions and condensation.

  • 2014. Ulf Norberg, Ursula Stachl-Peier. True North, 65-83
  • 2014. Carina Gossas, Ulf Norberg. Trans Revista de traductología (18), 85-105

    The imitation of character voices and the relationship between narrator and characters are known to be fruitful domains for authors’ creativity and expressivity and thus constitute an intriguing translation problem that lacks clear solutions. In this study, we examine the translating of non-standard forms of reported discourse as distinct representations of voices in the French and German translations of the second children’s book by the Swedish author P.O. Enquist Den tredje grottans hemlighet, 2010 ("The Secret of the Third Cave"). We set out to analyze the translations of two stylistic features of this text: the use of hybrid forms of direct and indirect speech and the use of italics to mark a cited discourse.

  • 2013. Maureen Ehrensberger-Dow (et al.).
  • 2013. Ulf Norberg. Das Spiel der Sprachen 3, 169-187

    In diesem Artikel wird untersucht, ob Selbstreflexion und Kommentare zu gewählten Übersetzungsstrategien Studierenden helfen können, grösseres Problembewusstsein und Verständnis für den Übersetzungsprozess zu entwickeln. Das in dieser Studie analysierte Material besteht aus Kommentaren von Studierenden im ersten Jahr ihrer Übersetzerausbildung. Die Kommentare beinhalten die Ergebnisse von Textanalysen, Beschreibungen der gewählten Lösungsansätze und -strategien zur Bewältigung von Übersetzungsproblemen sowie der verwendeten Hilfsmittel. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, dass Selbstreflexion und Kommentare gewisse Phasen des Übersetzungsprozesses unterstützen können. Ein wichtiger Aspekt ist die Formulierung der Vorgaben für die Kommentare, damit durch entsprechende Progression die Entwicklung von Übersetzungsfertigkeiten optimal gefördert werden kann.

  • 2012. Ulf Norberg. Translation peripheries, 101-116

    Prefaces and afterwords constitute an arena which provides the opportunity for literary translators to comment on their translations. Such comments are the focus of this contribution, in which they are studied from three different perspectives. Firstly, an overview is given of the occurrence of these comments in contemporary translated Swedish literature. Secondly, a number of comments are studied in detail from the prespectives of role theroy and Bourdieu's cultural sociology. Thirdly, three interviews with publishers are presented. These interviews shed light on the conditions for the writing of such comments from the perspective of the most obvious power-holders in the field. It is shown that the boundaries for these comments on the translation by literary translators in contemporary Sweden are narrow in several respects.

  • 2012. Ulf Norberg. Språk i rörelse, VAKKI Publications 1, 230-240

    Television commentaries on the winter sport of biathlon (comprising both skiing and shooting) show typical traits for sports language in general, but also have their own characteristics, drawn from the two activities that are combined in this sport. In this empirical study, Swedish and German television comments on biathlon are studied with the main attention being given to how motion events are depicted. Differences concerning the focusing on endpoints are observed and discussed, as these relate to, for example, a so-called process-out-of-product perspective, dynamic verbs and silence. The results are discussed in relation to newer theories on the organization of information at the discourse level (von Stutterheim, Carroll & Klein 2009) which indicate that even closely related Germanic languages differ from each other in this respect.

  • 2012. Carina Gossas, Ulf Norberg. Translating Fictional Dialogue for Children and Young People, 185-200

    The world-famous Swedish author P. O. Enquist made his début as a writer of children´s books in 2003 with the adventurous story De tre grottornas berg (English title Three Cave Mountain, or: Grandfather and the Wolves). This book makes considerable use of oral imitation markers for adult and child characters both in dialogues and narration. The children´s voices are characterized by several ways of imitating children´s forms of expression and logic. The study compares the translation of different types of speech imitation (direct, indirect, free indirect) in the French and German translations. It concludes that the French version suppresses the child voices and thereby the polyphonic structure in favour of the more neutral narrator´s voice, while the German version to a very large extent maintains all the voices.

  • 2011. Ulf Norberg. Kieli ja etiikka = Språk och etik = Sprache und Ethik = Language and ethics, 271-278

    Non-professional translations (here in the sense of translations done by a person who has not received training as a translator and does not work as one) can be assumed to differ notably from professional translations in several ways. One is the use of hegding markers before translated words or expressions to indicate that the proposed solution is not a completely accurate rendering. This paper compares the use of the marker "betyder ungefär" (Swedish for "roughly translated"; literally: "means roughly") in non-professional translations, illustrated by examples from Swedish Wikipedia-sites and the website of the Swedish quality newspaper Dagens Nyheter, and professional translations of EU texts. In a concluding discussion the use of hedging markers is related to different models of translation ethics.

  • 2011. Ulf Norberg. Methods and strategies of process research, 219-229

    The aim of this paper is to identify and describe cognitive processes occurring during the translation of a complex wordplay. Humorous texts have received little attention in empirical translation process research. This exploratory study seeks to develop a research methodology that is suited for the empirical study of wordplay. The experiment comprised the translation of a short adversarial wordplay by three groups of translation students. Their discussions were recorded and analyzed. The results indicate that students possess a high level of awareness of the importance of linguistic structures in creating the desired humorous effect, even though they cannot always translate this theoretical knowledge into practice. Another finding was that collaboration helps students overcome mental blockages and supports creative solutions.

  • 2010. Ulf Norberg. IASS2010 Proceedings Föredrag vid den 28:e studiekonferensen i International Associaltion of Scandinavian Studies (IASS) i Lund 3-7 augusti 2010, 1-11
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