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Translation of Croatian Culture-Specific Items and Dialects into English in Literary Texts


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Vrban, Mateja. (2018). Translation of Croatian Culture-Specific Items and Dialects into English in Literary Texts. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Zgaga, Vinko].

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This thesis comprises five annotated translations, accompanied by a discussion. Excerpts from three texts were translated from English into Croatian (Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival by G. Hofstede, GJ Hofstede and M. Minkov, A University Education by D. Willetts and Plain Language Summaries of Cochrane Reviews), and two from Croatian into English (Starčevačka kultura na lokalitetu Tomašanci-Palača and Društvene igre by A. Škare). The aim of this discussion was to analyze different translation issues and strategies for dealing with them in literary texts. In the first part of the discussion, a theoretical framework was offered for the concepts of dialect and slang, and in the second part, the same was done for the related concepts which were culture-specific items and idiomatic expressions. This included definitions, descriptions of various different translation strategies used when dealing with them and opinions of different authors and translators on which of these strategies might work better in a particular context. Moreover, relevant examples from the portion of the Croatian short story Mediteranski vestern were used to illustrate the problems of translating culture.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: dialect, culture-specific items, idioms, slang
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Zgaga, Vinko
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 13:23
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 13:23

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