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Mortimer de Terry Pratchett : les néologismes de l'auteur et du traducteur

Abstract : Neologisms are a key feature of fantasy literature. As invented words, they provide a linguistic framework for the author’s invented world. Terry Pratchett’s renowned Discworld series is particularly well known for its considerable amount of neologisms, from significant place and character names to single adjectives serving as nonce words. Considering their specificity to the English language as well as western anglophone culture, these words can be highly difficult to translate. This Master’s thesis analyses 25 neologisms from Mort, the fourth published Discworld novel, and their counterparts in the French edition Mortimer, translated by Patrick Couton. Each neologism and translation is evaluated according to its effect in the original text, any potential cultural connotations, its morphology and its grammatical function. The close lexicological analysis of each term is also highly dependent on its context within the novel. Despite the subjectivity of translation, Couton approaches each neologism with precision, replicating Pratchett’s intended effects while working within the confines of the target language.
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Emma Green. Mortimer de Terry Pratchett : les néologismes de l'auteur et du traducteur. Littératures. 2021. ⟨dumas-03432937⟩

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