Translation in the Context of Preserving Languages and Cultures of the Siberian Indigenous Population

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In this article we’ve focused on the topical problem of preserving the languages and cultures of indigenous peoples of Siberia, which can be solved through the translation of ethnic texts (as an important category of Siberian texts) into Russian and other languages, and translation of texts of great cultural and religious significance from Russian and other languages into languages of Siberian peoples. We aim to study initiatives of individual scholars and enthusiasts who have been translating both “strong” texts from indigenous languages of Siberian peoples and “strong” texts of Russian literature (mostly religious ones) into these languages. The ethnic literature of the peoples of the Krasnoyarsk Krai is considered in historical and comparative perspective, taking into account the national and cultural conditions of these peoples. The conclusion concerns the importance of ethnic translation with the cultural information and memory as the key unit of translation and the saving of the unique languages and cultures of Siberia as its main task.

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Yulia E. Valkova

Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5231-4720

Candidate in Philology, senior lecturer

49, Leningradsky prospect, Moscow, 125167, Russian Federation

Veronica A. Razumovskaya

Siberian Federal University

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0751-7964

Candidate in Philology, professor

79/10, Svobodny prospect, Krasnoyarsk, 660041, Russian Federation


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