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Multilingualism and Translation

Studies on Slavonic and Non-Slavonic Languages in Contact

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Edited By Vladislava Warditz and Beatrix Kreß

This collection of essays tackles the issues that arise when multilingualism meets translation and discusses the findings with a particular focus on Slavonic migrant languages. Despite its high relevance from both the theoretical and the applied perspective, the intersection of multilingualism and translation has been rather neglected in international research on multilingualism. This volume intends to create a new angle within this wide field of research and to systematize the most relevant approaches and ideas on this topic in international Slavonic studies.
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Translation/Interpretation and Language Mentality in Dynamic Synchrony: Mental Boundaries of a Language (on Example of the Russian Language in Moscow)

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The first part of this contribution deals with the need for a new dynamic, non-structuralist language model in the era of globalization. Two psycholinguistic concepts are considered: the associative-verbal net and language mentality (yazykovoe soznanie). The second part is devoted to research perspectives on these concepts. On the basis of the “everyday life” theory, some options for investigating language mentality are demonstrated by means of a new concept: “naïve interpretation/translation”. Its pattern is discussed, and a new term, “mental language boundaries”, is offered.

1.1.   Language modeling in the era of globalization

Researchers are becoming more and more concerned about the basic modern process that is globalization, which, in most cases, is referred to as a set of developments leading to the formation of social and industrial bases of a unified mankind (see Gritsenko/Kirilina 2010; Blommaert 2010; Coupland 2010 etc.). 2 Globalization has affected most languages and stipulated several significant processes:

–   the change of technical communication conditions and the media in which language functions;

–   the increased intensity and growth of language contacts: languages that never used to interact or only interacted to a limited extent are now beginning to interact; multilingualism is increasing; the spheres in which language functions ← 97 | 98 → and the social prestige of languages are changing; there is a “reformatting” of the linguistic situation, etc.;

–   the formation of a new reality, mainly due to changes in the language world image rearranged...

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