Trailing Harry Potter into Romanian

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Ruxandra Drăgan


Characteristic of English and other Germanic languages, Goal of Motion constructions represent a challenge for any translator rendering them into a Romance language. This is because to express the motion of an entity to/towards a Goal in a particular manner, English typically combines a manner-of-motion verb or a verb of sound emission with a dynamic preposition like into in He ran into the park. However, the combination is not generally available in Romanian and other Romance languages, since they not only lack dynamic prepositions, but also have far fewer manner-of-motion verbs. Consequently, to render Goal of Motion into Romanian with as little loss as possible, a translator will have to resort to various translation techniques to compensate not only for the lack of dynamic prepositions in this language, but also for its far poorer class of manner-of-motion verbs. This paper proposes several strategies for the translation of Goal of Motion constructions into Romanian and shows that they depend on the lexical and syntactic resources available in this language. An analysis of the techniques employed in a selected sample from two Romanian translations of the Harry Potter series indicates that the translators' strategies generally mirror Talmy's (1985, 2000) typological classification of Germanic and Romance languages into satellite-framed and verb-framed languages, respectively.

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Drăgan, R. “Trailing Harry Potter into Romanian”. Linguaculture, vol. 12, no. 1, June 2021, pp. 163-78, doi:10.47743/lincu-2021-1-0194.
Author Biography

Ruxandra Drăgan, University of Bucharest, Romania

RUXANDRA DRĂGAN is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Bucharest, as well as a Fulbright scholar with a fellowship at the University of Connecticut, where she conducted research on Hate Speech against African Americans in the American Media. She received her Ph.D. in Philology, summa cum laude, from University of Bucharest in 2011. Her doctoral thesis - Aspects of Lexical Structure: Verbs in Locative Constructions in English and Romanian - was published by Bucharest University Press in 2012. In 2016 she also published Modern Approaches to the Derivation of English Resultative Constructions (Editura Printech). Her theoretical research focuses on the lexicon, specifically, the linguistic representation of change of location/state structures at word level (denominal/deadjectival verbs) and sentence-level (resultatives and Goal of Motion constructions). She is currently conducting research in the field of translation studies, focusing on the translation of Goal of Motion and resultatives into Romanian.


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