Studies on Slavonic and Non-Slavonic Languages in Contact
Edited By Vladislava Warditz and Beatrix Kreß
Translation/Interpretation and Language Mentality in Dynamic Synchrony: Mental Boundaries of a Language (on Example of the Russian Language in Moscow)
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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