GREEK LOAN TRANSLATION IN SERBO-CROATION : A SELF-REVISION

  • Svetlana Slapšak Ljubljana, Slovenia
Keywords: Vuk S. Karadžić, semantics, lexical borrowing, loans, calque, Greek, Serbian, languages in contact

Abstract

After a review of rather rare recent conributions that take into account formal classifications of loaning/borrowing, I stand by the classification from my PhD. In absence of a work that could compare to the lexicographical endeavor of Vuk Karadžić, I rely on my own critical reading of many texts since the late 80' which were thematically connected to the Serbian nationalist discourses – narratives, essays and media texts. An interesting phaenomen can be noted: two main motivations for loaning and borrowing, in order to produce new specific meanings meet in these new discourses: translation from the religious thesauri of the Orthodox Greek texts, and crytpo-ludic and secret languages defining a social group. The criosity consists in repeated technique of using pseudo-calques and pseudotranslation, that is, in hyper-production of such words, not only in use that should be considered as a discoursive testimony of a certain nationalist ideological orientation, but also – as a parody of such discourse. Some of the best examples of the parodic use can be found on Internet, on portals like Njuz, Zokster and others.

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Published
2019-10-21
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Contemporary Society In Culture, Language, And Literature