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December 22, 2004

Database of the day

UNESCO's Index Translationum shows how often texts in one language are translated into another. I found it via EthanZ's Weblog.

Just so you know, books linked to Walt Disney Productions are the most translated in the world (can that really be true?) Second are books by Agatha Christie. After that, I think, comes the Bible.

According to my dip into the database's "expert mode", which may have gone awry, there have been six books translated from Amharic into English since 1970 and 34 the other way round. Not the greatest of cultural exchanges.

These are records taken from national libraries and probably do not count the piles of pirate Amharic versions of the Harry Potter series you see around the place.

Posted by aheavens at December 22, 2004 8:16 AM