To emphasize the importance of meaning in translation, I would like to quote the language philosopher H.P. Grice’s Conversational Maxims for optimum quality, quantity, relation and manner of conversation:

  1. Do not say what you believe to be false.
  2. Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence.
  3. MakeĀ  your contribution as informative as is required for the current purpose of the exchange.
  4. Do not make your contribution more informative than is required.
  5. Be relevant.
  6. Avoid obscurity of expression.
  7. Avoid ambiguity.
  8. Be brief.
  9. Be orderly.

You could also call this the translator’s maxims


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