Monika Doherty's Structural Propensities: Translating Nominal Word Groups PDF

By Monika Doherty

ISBN-10: 902721672X

ISBN-13: 9789027216724

ISBN-10: 9027293848

ISBN-13: 9789027293848

This publication specializes in the interpretation of English educational texts into German, heavily analysing the structural and discourse homes of unique sentences and their attainable translations. It comprises six chapters, with greater than 100 conscientiously mentioned examples, and provides the author’s result of a chain of study tasks that have successively handled the typologically made up our minds stipulations for discourse-appropriate makes use of of notice order, case, voice (perspective) and structural explicitness in uncomplicated and complicated sentences or sequences of sentences. The theoretical and methodological assumptions of the ebook keep on with a essentially generative technique in learning the interplay among semantic-pragmatic and phonological-syntactic houses of the linguistic varieties as they're taken with the conception of written language. The linguistic and psycholinguistic types accessed also are brought intimately to advertise comprehension for the reader with an alternate theoretical history, even if student, pupil or translator.

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With the verbal head preceding, the English sentences can be processed directly in accordance with the argument structure of their verbs: (39) . . 28 (1421-1476) Structural Propensities (40) . . that he spent her money the ditransitive ‘lend’ with two objects and the transitive verb ‘spend’ with one. In German, with the verbs following their objects in the subclause, the ambiguity of the pronoun can only be resolved at the end of the sentence – an undecidedness which is hardly noticeable at the short distance.

Collapsing prosodic features like those described as ‘final strengthening’ and ‘nuclear stress rule’ (for example, Selkirk 1984) with the semantic-pragmatic concept of focus makes English a language with end focus, which contradicts all cases with past-tonic elements (with the consequence that they have to be seen as marked information structures, cf. Halliday 1985: 277). 22 (1120-1167) Structural Propensities Russell’s sentence from above, would also have to be assigned a marked information structure.

If the different processing conditions of sentences like (12) Die Frau bemerkte den Mann mit dem Fernglas. (13) The woman noticed the man with the binoculars. and (14) Die Frau beobachtete den Mann mit dem Fernglas (15) The woman watched the man with the binoculars. are explained by the different properties of the verbs, we can expect theoretical concepts like ‘subcategorization’, ‘arguments’ and ‘thematic structure’ to be related to the transitivity system characterizing structural options in various types of mental processes.

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