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Reyes Albarrán Martín
Universidad de Salamanca
Vol. 1 No. 1 (2015), Articles, pages 11-28
Accepted: May 19, 2015
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Language is an instrument of power used by authors to shape reality and achieve some specific goals through their texts. Translators, as readers (Gadamer) and rewriters (Lefevere), unavoidably mark their texts with unique features: «all translation implies a degree of manipulation of the source text for a certain purpose» (Hermans 1985, 11). In this article, we will focus on alternative medicine texts to study this process. We start from the hypothesis that news related to so-called «alternative medicines» have precise pragmalinguistic elements dealing with an epistemological condition that is separate from that of official medicine. We will analyse a corpus of 30 texts belonging to this specialised area in order to clarify how some ideological and cultural patterns are transmitted and we will analyse the translator’s role in this process.


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