Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0924-1884
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9986
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Abstract: To bridge the unfortunate gap between "literature" and "language", literary critics, including critics of translation, should make use of what linguists have to say about language. Out of modern linguistic theories, Cognitive Linguistics seems particularly promising. On the basis of Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay " and one of its Polish translations, the author demonstrates how intuitive interpretations and assessments are corroborated by a strictly linguistic analysis, which is carried out in the cognitivist vein. In particular, the interplay of two grammatical oppositions — between perfective and imperfective verb forms and between countable and mass nouns — is shown to be a means of direct sym-bolisation of meaning. Translation losses are then discussed — some unavoidable in view of systematic discrepancies between linguistic conventions, others a compromise imposed by the demands of versification.Résumé: Afin de réduire l'écart regrettable qui sépare "langue" et "littérature", la critique littéraire et traductive devrait tirer profit de l'apport des linguistes. En l'occurrence, la linguistique cognitive peut s'avérer très prometteuse, comme se propose de le montrer l'auteur dans une analyse du poème "Nothing Gold Can Stay " par Robert Frost et d'une traduction en polonais: interprétations intuitives et appréciations sont confirmées par une analyse strictement cognitive. L'interaction entre deux oppositions grammaticales, les formes verbales perfective s et imperfectives d'une part, les noms comptables et massifs de l'autre, est un instrument de symbolisation directe de la signification. Ensuite, les pertes de la traduction sont étudiées: les unes sont l'effet nécessaire d'écarts entre des conventions linguistiques, d'autres résultent d'un compromis imposé par la versification.


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