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Meaning in Subtitling

Toward a Contrastive Cognitive Semantic Model

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Mikolaj Deckert

The book’s principal argument is that the concepts of Cognitive Linguistics offer considerable explanatory potential which can be systematically used in accounts of translation, and especially of subtitling as its more specifically constrained audiovisual mode. Authentic English-to-Polish subtitling data are explored to uncover patterns of construal reconfiguration which can be categorised with the use of cognitive semantic constructs. The author also examines other hypotheses: spatio-temporal constraints, for example, do not always directly account for the reductionist alterations of the source text in subtitling. Also, target construals need not display lower granularity levels than original construals and granularity can de facto be boosted via subtitling. And last, but not least, the conventionalisation of language structures used in subtitles can be higher than that of the original expressions.

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patterns of construal reconfiguration which can be catego- rised with the use of cognitive semantic constructs. The author also examines other hypotheses: spatio-temporal constraints, for example, do not always di- rectly account for the reductionist alterations of the source text in subtitling. Also, target construals need not display lower granularity levels than original construals and granularity can de facto be boosted via subtitling. And last, but not least, the conventionalisation of language structures used in subtitles can be higher than that of the original expressions. Mikołaj Deckert works as an assistant professor at the University of Łódź (Poland). His main research interests are translation, language and cognition, media discourse, pragmatics, and corpus linguistics. www.peterlang.de ISBN 978-3-631-62828-7 LODZ 29_262828_Deckert_AM_A5HC PLE.indd 1 07.01.13 14:00:18 Uhr ŁÓDŹ StudieS in Language edited by Barbara Lewandowska-tomaszczyk Editorial Board anthony Mcenery (Lancaster university, england) John newman (university of alberta, Canada) Peter Roach (Reading university, england) Hans Sauer (Ludwig-Maximilians-universität München, germany) gideon toury (tel aviv university, israel) Vol. 29 Mikołaj deckert Meaning in Subtitling toward a Contrastive Cognitive Semantic Model Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de. This publication was financially supported by the University of Łódź. ISSN 1437-5281 ISBN 978-3-631-62828-7 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an imprint of Peter Lang GmbH All...

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