spunos (spunos) wrote in linguaphiles,

Hello Linguaphiles!

I'm trying to translate some texts from German to English, (I haven't really used any German since middle school, and English isn't my first language either, so this isn't an altogether easy task!) and I'm getting stuck on this paragraph:

Die bauweise wird von vielen Autoren auch als traditionell bezeichnet. Das wird mit der Verwendung lokal vorhandener Baumaterialien begründet und außerdem wird auf das Vorhandensein eines Haushofes und eines Flachdaches verwiesen. Eine solche Argumentation ließe die Villenviertel jedoch gleichfalls als "traditionell" bezeichnen, da auch dort die Häuser über einen Hof verfügen.

I'm having some trouble understanding the bolded sentence. Is the author just repeating the same point of the sentence before it (i.e. "the houses are considered traditional because they have a courtyard") or is he referring to something else? What does the "dort" refer to?

I would be very grateful if someone could shed some light on this. Thanks!
Tags: german

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