Sailing between ‘comprehensible forms’

The Danish translations of neologisms in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

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Resumé

This study sets out to analyse the translation of neologisms in the two Danish translations of the American author Herman Melville’s major novel Moby Dick (1851). Melville’s poetics is characterised by a largely idiosyncratic style containing many new coinages, also called Melvillisms, which have found their way into dictionaries of today. Based on methodology in previous works on the translation of wordplay, the analysis seeks to uncover which strategies the translators use to represent such new words in the target language. The results are clear: the most prominent strategy is to translate neologisms into non-neologisms followed by the strategies of either translating into equivalent Danish neologisms or transferring the source text neologism into the target text without translation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNordic Journal of English Studies
Vol/bind17
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)50-70
Antal sider21
ISSN1502-7694
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

Emneord

  • Litterær oversættelse
  • Moby Dick
  • Herman Melville
  • Neologismer

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Sailing between ‘comprehensible forms’ : The Danish translations of neologisms in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. / Klitgård, Ida.

I: Nordic Journal of English Studies, Bind 17, Nr. 2, 2018, s. 50-70.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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