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Video Game Translation and Cognitive Semantics


Mateusz Sajna

The book concentrates on video game translation from the perspective of cognitive semantics. One of its objectives is to assert that translators’ knowledge of cognitive semantics can affect translation, i.e. decoding the sender’s mental states and evoking particular mental states in the target language recipient. The work is interdisciplinary and draws on such fields as games studies, cognitive semantics, and translation studies. It also aspires to complete gaps in the scientific research on video games, systematize the knowledge of localization, and ascertain the role played by translators in the localization process. The research material consists of eight video games which belong to different genres, and the investigated English video game texts cover almost 3000 standard pages.

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This publication was financially supported by the Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Sajna, Mateusz, 1987- author. Title: Video game translation and cognitive semantics / Mateusz Sajna. Description: Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2016. | Series: Lodz studies in    language, ISSN 1437-5281 ; Vol. 47 Identifiers: LCCN 2016028442| ISBN 9783631674819 | ISBN 9783653066920 (E-Book) Subjects: LCSH: Video games--Psychological aspects. | Video games--Design. |    Semantics--Psychological aspects. | Cognitive grammar. Classification: LCC GV1469.34.P79 S36 2016 | DDC 794.8--dc23 LC record available at

ISSN 1437-5281 ISBN 978-3-631-67481-9 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-06692-0 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-69449-7 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-69450-3 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06692-0 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2016 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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