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Chapter 5: The cogno-cultural dimension of translation

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Jasmina Djordjevic

on 11 March 2014

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The process of translation is more than just transferring words from the SL to the TL!

It is also the transfer of culture and of cognition.

The cogno-cultural approach is an attempt to unite all these aspects!
Chapter 5: The cogno-cultural dimension of translation
What do you think these words mean?

to facepalm

auto-tuned voice

settle for a trade-off
To facepalm:
To hit one's own forehead with your hand/ palm, and drag it down one's face. Most often done in frustration or agitation. Sometimes forcefully done to others for humour purposes.

Auto-tuned voice
: to correct the pitch of voice by means of a specially designed software. Often used by singers to conceal their lack of singing talent.

Settle for a trade-off:
An exchange of one thing in return for another, especially relinquishment of one benefit or advantage for another regarded as more desirable

A few suggestions how to procede:
the conceptual shift from the source
model of conceptualising reality
the target model of
conceptualising reality
The cogno-cultural approach to translation is





Absolute correspondence
cats and dogs

k'o iz kabla

Partial correspondence
The company filed for bankruptcy

Protiv društva pokrenut je stečajni postupak
Lack of correspondence
What is translation apart from transferring the meanings of words from one language into the other?

The math problem turned out to be so easy, I could facepalm myself.
Component analysis
1. Find the smallest constituent elements in the meaning

act of hitting your face with the palm of your hand
you feel you are stupid about something very obvious
2. Translate the constituent elements into the target language

lupiti se po rukom po licu


osećati se glupo zato što nešto ne znamo
3. Search for an equivalent online by typing the translation of the key words of the first component into the search browser.

4. In the same manner, search for the second component.

5. Apply idiomatic translation and illustrate the irony.

Došlo mi je da se ošamarim kada sam shvatio da zadatak uopšte nije bio težak.

The most frequent culture-based elements in translations
: the same original source as a similar word in another language and is therefore related to that word
: the way words combine in language to produce natural-sounding speech and writing.
: words that are identical to or derived from a personal name or proper noun and their meanings depend on the base form
False cognates
: pairs of words in two languages that look or sound similar but differ in meaning
: form of rhetorical device used to suggest visual effects through words.
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