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Tageslichtfreude und Buchstabenangst: Zu Harry Martinsons dichterischen Wortbildungen als Übersetzungsproblematik
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2009 (German)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The style of the Swedish writer Harry Martinson is characterised by a large number of conspicuous and creative word-formation units, which have a special function in his writing. One single word might summarise and denominate an experiance or a complex emotion, sometimes using an exact description, sometimes using a metaphor. The content and the novelty of such nonce forms catch the reader´s or listener´s attention, achieving the intended effect: to make the reader understand what Martinson wants to convey.

The present study is an analysis of the neologisms used in two of Martinson´s semiautobiographical novels and their German translations. The object of the study is twofold: firstly to show that the great variety of nonce words-formations as well as their semantics provide the special stylistic markers of the texts, and secondly to draw more general conclusions about the effect of target languages regarding the form, content and function of the units in the texts, as well as their effect on the reader, the concept of equivalence is central.

Correspondences and deviations are analysed applying a model specifically designed for the purpose and based in relevant theories. The results illustrate both the various problems a translator must seek to solve and the consequences that simplifications, omissions, and paraphrases might have on the meaning and effect of the text.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå : Umeå Universitet , 2009. , 175 p.
, Umeå Studies in Language and Literature , 3
Translation, Harry Martinson, poetic word formations, nonce words, effect of nonce words on style and reader, word formation that are specific for a certain author
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-18459ISBN: 978-91-7264-726-8OAI: diva2:159648
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2009-02-28, Hörsal F, Humanisthuset , Umeå universitet, Umeå , 13:00 (German)
Available from: 2009-02-10 Created: 2009-02-09 Last updated: 2009-02-10Bibliographically approved

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