>Let's tuck Harry Potter into his little Home Counties bed, secure in the
>thought that some publisher is probably planning to issue an Irish
>'translation' soon, if only because it is so easy to do and to finance
>(pulplication [sic] grants are easy to get).
>What is not so easy, is to produce a top-class Modern Irish rendition of,
>for example, Imaccalam. Speaking as a publisher/translator, that is what I
>would prefer to do, but it could take real money to finalize that, and I'd
>much rather have David and Donncha, working with native scholars get on
>with that work, of course, handing it to EGT to publish.:-) And yes, I
>stand by my belief that it NOT more important (which is what Chris said) to
>translate Harry Potter.
>Given half a chance - that is, given payment, together with copyright
>clearance to do so - I'll personally do a Modern Irish translation of a
>Harry Potter book, and do it by Christmas, and make short work of doing the
>names/puns properly, because that something I can do in my sleep - but I'll
>do that only if asked, and not go out of my way to rally support for that
>kind of 'work', as it is not as important for the intellectual survival of
>my people as modern editions of ancient mss in our own language are.
I know that I said we should move on, but let me make one more point - I
think that books like Harry Potter - whether in English or Irish - act as
gateways for children to become more interested in reading, which is a
positive thing. If young Irish-speakers learn to love reading in Irish at a
relatively young age, they are more likely to demand more scholarly works in
their own language when they become adults - thus there will likely be more
money available to produce such texts.
Funny that Scottish-Gaelic speakers, Welsh and Bretons don't seem to have
complained about translations of Asterix le gaulois into their languages,
and haven't expressed any fears (as far as I know) of this work of popular
French literature (and a comic book, no less!) wiping out their modern
- Chris Gwinn
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