[APG Public List] translate place names
stephen at stephendanko.com
Sun Oct 24 02:02:01 MDT 2010
I have been struggling with this same issue with place names in Poland. I have
decided that the language in which I will spell place names depends on the
target audience. If I am writing for an English speaking audience, I translate
place names into English. If I am writing for a Polish speaking audience, I use
Polish language place names. (By audience, I don't mean just the audience at a
lecture, but also the readers of my written work.) Language differences don't
exist for all place names, however. Warszawa in Polish is spelled Warsaw in
English. However, Nowa Wieś in Polish is never translated as New Village in
English (although the kreska "s" ś is not used in English).
Stephen J. Danko
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Subject: [APG Public List] translate place names
I wonder whether it make sense to translate place names from the origin language
into my own.
Like German Koeln into Cologne or Niedersachsen into Lower Saxony. Or Bavaria
which originally is Bayern.
I think it leads into trouble once I have to do with orignal documents from that
area for they will not have translated their names into any other language.
I realize that Cologne is about the way an English speaking person would
pronounce the German sound "Koeln". But doing research about emigrants in
upstate New York, I don't translate for example "Perkinsville, New York" into
"Perkinsweiler, Neu York". Would not make sense for no records exist with
"Perkinsweiler" but all with "Perkinsville".
Same with names having a "sch" which are pretty much often transformed into the
common Englisch "sh".
Mit freundlichen Gruessen
Roland Geiger, St. Wendel, Deutschland (= Germany)
PS: Sorry, I just got up and had had no coffee yet. Otherwise I may not have
asked that question.
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