IMPLICATION OF DIFFERENCES IN GENERAL FREQUENCY OF PERSONAL AND POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS IN RUSSIAN AND ENGLISH FICTION

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The scientific relevance of the paper is justified by the lack of known research on frequency and functioning of the Russian and English personal and possessive pronouns in authentic and translated fiction (from English into Russian). The paper deliberates on the differences in frequency named pronouns, by conducting a statistical analysis of British and American fiction with its high-quality Russian translations, along with original Russian fiction of the same period. By means of quantitative and correlation dependency analyses, the author assumes that ‘good’ Russian translations contain fewer personal and possessive pronouns than their English originals, while the figure correlates with the pronoun rate in original texts by Russian authors. The paper concludes with corroborating the proposed hypothesis and setting goals for future research based on the achievedresults, which will enable us to further examine frequency and functioning of the Russian and English personal and possessive pronouns and formulate recommendations for fiction translators, which might help them to avoid common mistakes and improve the overall quality of their translations.

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O O Turinova

Moscow State Linguistic University

Ostozhenka str., 38, Moscow, Russia, 119034

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