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Two models for metaphor translation

Dickins, J 2005, 'Two models for metaphor translation' , Target, 17 (2) , pp. 227-273.

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    This paper establishes both full and simplified models for the textual analysis of metaphor in a translation context (Section 1). I present the comparison theory of metaphor (Section 2), show how this can be integrated with the notions of lexicalization and non-lexicalization (Section 3) and consider the semantic purposes of metaphor (Section 4). The remainder of the paper focuses on the translation of metaphor, starting with more abstract langue-oriented notions. I offer a critique and revvision of Newmark’s (1988) metaphor typology (Section 5), and demonstrate how the revised typology can be integrated with the notions of lexicalizattion and non-lexicalization (Section 6). I then consider Lakoff and Johnson’s (1980) model of metaphorical ‘schemata’, and propose ways in which this can also be integrated into an overall model (Section 7). I discuss the practiccal application of this model to Arabic–English translation (Section 8). In addition to langue-oriented notions, I suggest that a full account of metaphor for translation needs to take into account the more parole-orieented notion of the interaction of metaphors in texts. I consider the notions of metaphorical congruence (Section 9), and metaphorical exuberance and density. Illustrating my arguments with Arabic–English translation data, I suggest that in given registers, different languages may tolerate more or less metaphorical density and exuberance as well as different degrees of metapphorical mixing (Section 10). The paper concludes with a consideration of the kind of ‘Full Model’ one might build up for a detailed academic study of metaphor translation (Section 11).

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Metaphor, translation, Arabic, English
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
    Memory, Text and Place
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Target
    Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 09241884
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    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2009 16:22
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53

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