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Ana Furlan, 2013, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: Self-help books are becoming very popular nowadays and have to be translated in other languages in order to be accessible to a wider audience from other countries. All self-help books share the same goal: to help the readers find solutions to their problems. They are written with a specific purpose and have special characteristics, which have to be considered when translating them. This graduation thesis focuses on the translation of self-help books in general and gives an analysis of some aspects of the translation of a specific self-help book - The Secret. This is a self-help book about happiness and getting and achieving everything the readers want in their life, written by Rhonda Byrne in 2006. The thesis looks into some specific problems the translator faced while translating the book from English into the Slovene language and examines the inconsistencies with the original that occurred in the Slovene translation. The first problem addressed is the decision about the use of formal or informal addressing of readers. The translator decided to use a T/V distinction and addresses the readers with a polite second plural V-form of a verb (“vi”) – “vikanje”. The second problem discussed is the problem of non-equivalence of word-meanings. The most common and important verb that is repeated throughout the whole book is verb “want”. Nevertheless, the verb is not translated consistently and is sometimes replaced with other verbs and words. The third problem is the problem of repetition of the lexical items or phrases, which have a cohesive and a rhetoric function. However, the translator did not preserve all the repetitions. The fourth problem the thesis focuses on is the problem of capitalization of words. Some concepts are capitalized in the original, because they are allegorical personification or because of their importance, yet the capitalization is not preserved in all cases in the translation. The main focus of the graduation thesis is to determine how the translator solved the problem of pragmatic adjustment of the book to the Slovene audience and their culture.
Keywords: self-help books, The Secret, translation problems, T/V distinction, non-equivalence in word meaning, translation of verb “want”, repetition of lexical items and phrases, capitalization
Published in DKUM: 29.01.2013; Views: 2657; Downloads: 125
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Ivana Vinko, 2012, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: This diploma thesis deals with phrasal verbs, which are an important and frequently used element in English language. Since they are typical of spoken English, my aim was to explore their usage in direct speech. As a basis for my research I chose three American dance movies: Step up, Step up 2: The Streets and Step up 3D. According to the genre of the movies, I expected a large number of phrasal verbs to occur. I focused on idiomatic phrasal verbs, whose meaning cannot be easily guessed from the component parts, whereas literal phrasal verbs are easy to understand. I analyzed the frequency of occurrence of idiomatic phrasal verbs in the movies, and identified those that occur in idioms and in slang expressions. Moreover, I focused on the translation of idiomatic phrasal verbs and slang expressions in Slovene. The results of the analysis confirmed my hypothesis that idiomatic phrasal verbs dominate over literal ones in the movies. Often they occurred in idioms and in slang expressions. The analysis also showed that phrasal verbs in idioms cannot be translated in Slovene word for word. Instead, we need to find their closest equivalent in Slovene to make the translated version sound natural. In the last part of the analysis I made a comparison of the occurrence of idiomatic phrasal verbs in the movies and in literature. The comparison confirmed my hypothesis that idiomatic phrasal verbs are more frequently used in spoken than in written English. However, in both cases their usage also depends on the formality of a situation.
Keywords: phrasal verb, idiomatic phrasal verb, idiomatic expression, slang, Slovene translation of phrasal verbs
Published in DKUM: 08.10.2012; Views: 2764; Downloads: 157
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Dynamicity and stativenes of English phrasal verbs in different genres
Klementina Kralj, 2012, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: Phrasal verbs are one of the parts of English language that are not researched in details yet like basic parts of grammar. Tenses, aspect, modal verbs etc. are parts of English language that are researched in details and mostly deal with one-word verbs. In this diploma work we deal with the multi-word verbs, which are formed with verb and particle, called Phrasal verbs. Present diploma work deals with frequency of phrasal verbs in different genres and focuses on their characteristics and formation. Identifying and classifying the phrasal verbs in a literature work or newspaper article can be a very long and complicated procedure because one phrasal verb can have two or more meanings. We also looked for Slovene translations of phrasal verbs and analyzed their structure. The Slovene system of phrasal verbs differs from English system and most of the phrasal verb translations are not phrasal verbs in Slovene. Then our aim will be to determine stative and dynamic features of the phrasal verbs.
Keywords: phrasal verb, genre, Slovene translation of phrasal verb, stative, dynamic
Published in DKUM: 12.06.2012; Views: 3104; Downloads: 132
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Tanja Valente, 2011, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: There have been numerous research showing that children learn a lot of foreign language unconsciously through reading books, watching television, dealing with the computer, interacting with others and etc. There is a lot of literature available for children to learn, not only the words and the right sentence structures, but also difficult grammar structures and different meanings, which is probably the most important for mastering the language. Phrasal verbs are one of those grammatical structures which are very important to know in order to speak proper and communicative language. In this diploma work we deal with the frequency of phrasal verbs in literature for children and adult literature. We determined, gave meaning, time reference and compared phrasal verbs in a fantasy novel Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll and adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo written by Alexandre Dumas. We did the same in their Slovene translations.
Keywords: verb, phrasal verb, meaning, time reference, Slovene translation of phrasal verbs.
Published in DKUM: 04.04.2011; Views: 6040; Downloads: 322
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