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A kétnyelvűség lenyomatai
Remnants of Bilingualism

Target language interference in Terézia Mora’s novel Das Ungeheuer and its Hungarian translation

Author(s): Lídia Nádori
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Translation Studies
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Новом Саду
Keywords: bilingualism; literary translation; language interference; translation strategies; successful translation

Summary/Abstract: The German writer Terézia Mora (1971) grew up with a double, Hungarian-German linguistic identity. She reflects on her own bilingualism in many ways, also on the micro level of the text. How can this linguistic duality be kept in the Hungarian translation? What translation strategies are to be applied in order to keep the intentional foreignness of the original in the Hungarian target text, if this foreignness is produced by using the very characteristics of the Hungarian language in the German original? This case study focuses on the reflection of bilingualism and the translation problems arising from reflection in literary texts by studying examples taken from the novel Das Ungeheuer by Terézia Mora. Self-observation that looks back and the analysis of the text examine wether the translator finds the solutions satisfactory from the point of cultural transfer. The conclusion is that the translator, when choosing among the alternative solutions available, works assuming that the recipient interprets the work in a much wider context than the translated text.

  • Issue Year: 19/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 38-48
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Hungarian