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Pidgin language in fiction: a study of the pidgin language in Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah and its Swedish translation in Termitstackarna på savannen
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay has two aims. Firstly, it is an analysis of the pidgin language in Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah including an account of why and how Achebe employs it. Secondly, it deals with the Swedish translation and the specific difficulties concerning the translation of pidgin language into Swedish. The setting of the novel is the postcolonial West African country of Kangan, and Achebe has employed Pidgin English in the dialogue for both verisimilitude and comic effect. A pidgin is a language lexically derived from other languages, but structurally simplified. Pidgins come into being where people need to communicate but do not have a language in common. In the analysis of the pidgin in the novel I have focused on the grammatical features that are typical of pidgins, and that differ from the grammar of Standard English. It is a delicate task to translate a pidgin language into Swedish. Firstly, it could be difficult to understand, and secondly, we do not have a Swedish Pidgin that we can use. Nevertheless, the translator cannot ignore the pidgin language and translate it into standard language, as the text then would lose its accuracy and would not live up to the original. Thus, the translator has to invent a Swedish Pidgin that is accurate and also feels natural to the Swedish readers. In order to show how this could be done, I have chosen some passages from the novel for the purpose of being able to analyse the translation and give an account of the devices that the translator has used to create a "pidginized" Swedish.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, translations, pidgin english, pidgin language
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-58381ISRN: LTU-DUPP--01/30--SELocal ID: ef8ac744-1541-4933-a9ba-6dba4537aca2OAI: diva2:1031769
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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