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Metaphor in Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom: A cross-cultural comparison

DOI: 10.2989/16073614.2011.647496
Author(s): AmandaBB NokeleDepartment of Linguistics, South Africa

Abstract

The translatability of metaphors has been widely discussed within the discipline of translation studies. Van den Broeck (1981) suggests three strategies for translating metaphor. These were tested within the theoretical framework of descriptive translation studies (DTS) and the results reported in this article. Using examples from Long walk to freedom and its translations in isiXhosa and isiZulu, the study identifies similarities and differences in the way the translators dealt with the translation of metaphorical expressions. It further considers whether their translations were able to retain the power of the original metaphor. From the sample of metaphors studied, it has been established that it was possible to translate most as metaphors. However, it was not always possible to retain the vehicle of the metaphor, in part because of differences between the source and target languages and cultures. The study determined that the strategies used by the isiXhosa and isiZulu translators are to a large extent similar.

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