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On the Verge Between Language and Translation

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Edited By Marcin Walczynski, Piotr Czajka and Michał Szawerna

This book explores a range of topics situated in the overlapping areas of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics and translation studies. The first part of the book comprises five original contributions on topics ranging from general linguistics to applied linguistics while the second part comprises eleven original contributions exploring selected aspects of theoretical, descriptive and applied translation studies.

This book also initiates the publishing activity of the Department of Translation Studies, established at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław, Poland.

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Colloquial Interjections in English and Polish: A Functional Classification

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Abstract: Colloquial interjections are frequently used in everyday communication and feature strongly in popular culture. These short emotive expressions perform various functions, and their usage reflects the peculiarity of their word class on the one hand, and the characteristics of colloquial register on the other. This paper discusses the main functions of colloquial interjections used in English and Polish, categorized into several functional types, and illustrated with numerous contextual examples of usage. The lexical material comes from two large databases of citations from various contemporary sources such as film, television, press, the Internet, which were the basis for the book Bazinga! A Dictionary of the Colloquial English Interjections (2014) and its English-Polish version (in preparation). Additionally, the material was collected at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Arizona (English) as well as the Pomeranian Academy and the University of Social Sciences in Warsaw (Polish).

Keywords: interjection, colloquialism, English, Polish, sociolinguistics

1 Introductory Remarks

This paper is concerned with usage functions of colloquial interjections in English and Polish. Commonly regarded as a marginal word class, these short emotive expressions have various important functions, serving as a useful verbal shorthand, telegraphically signaling emotional attitude, emphatically expressing commands, or phonetically representing sounds. For these reasons, they are frequently used in everyday communication and feature strongly in popular culture, abounding in dialogs of films and TV series. Interestingly, their usage reflects the peculiarity of their word class on the one hand, and...

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