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Corpus-Assisted Analysis of Deixis for Literary Translation: with Focus on the Vocative Form of Old Man in The Old Man and The Sea

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1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article aims to investigate the manner of deictic expressions, pointing to the protagonist of The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway, translated from English to Korean, and provide a quantitative and qualitative account of five (5) different versions of Korean translations from late 1950's to 2012. For these purposes, it uses a small-scale comparative parallel corpus and applies some corpus techniques. The translation of deixis is inevitably affected by the linguistic, social and cultural differences between the source language and the target language, as witnessed in the translation of ‘old man’, the most important and frequently used lexical cluster in the literature in question. As it turns out, a corpus-assisted approach can be effective in identifying what the key words are in a literature and how they are translated differently by translator and thus shedding a new light on various translation problems from the perspective of pragmatics, because it is none other than the pragmatic nature of language which makes it unfavorable, if not impossible, to translate ‘old man’ as ‘old man’. This study also tries different translation strategies to find alternative solutions for translators to consider in their decision-making process. In doing so, it follows the principle of optimal relevance.

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