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Empirical Methods in Language Studies


Edited By Krzysztof Kosecki and Janusz Badio

«Empirical Methods in Language Studies» presents 22 papers employing a broad range of empirical methods in the analysis of various aspects of language and communication. The individual texts offer contributions to the description of conceptual strategies, syntax, semantics, non-verbal communication, language learning, discourse, and literature.
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Compliments in film subtitles: a pragmatic and cognitive study of translations from English into Polish


Abstract: The primary goal of this paper is to present a novel approach to the analysis of compliments in subtitles. The methodology advocated in the study conflates a pragmatic perspective on compliments with tools deriving from cognitive linguistics known as construal operations. The applicability of selected tools used in cognitive linguistic analysis to audiovisual translation is demonstrated on the basis of several scenes gleaned from a romantic comedy. The study demonstrates that construal operations may enrich the traditional analysis of subtitles by revealing details concerning the possible conceptualisations of compliments in different languages.

Keywords: Compliments, construal operations, subtitles, film discourse, cognitive linguistics.

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