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The article focuses on the aspects of interpretation of fiction within the framework of cognitive metaphor analysis in Julian Barnes’s novel Talking it Over . The article begins with the overview of the major issues and the standard strategies of metaphor translation. Within the present paper translation is viewed as a process with relies on the translator’s competence to ‘dive into’ the source language continuum, 1. a different social and cultural dimension and disclose the interaction of the mind-scope of the author of the source text and the translator via the dialogue of cultures. There are two reasons due to which metaphor analysis can be conducted. Firstly, metaphors are typical in any natural language, so that’s why they can be translated. Secondly, the fact is that translation is always viewed as a phenomenon of cross-cultural communication, whereas metaphor is part and parcel of culture. Metaphor creates a significant challenge for the translator. There are some difficulties in the translation of metaphor. Culturally-bound metaphors are often misunderstood when they are translated from the source language into the target one. Optimizing cross-cultural communication can be done within the “author-text-reader” interpretation triangle when the translation should be accompanied by a cognitive interpretation and lingvocultural commentaries.

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Larisa N Lunkova

State University of Humanities and Social Studies - GSGU University

Author for correspondence.

Dr. habilis, Professor of the English Language Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages. Sphere of scientific research: theoretical and applied linguistics, text and discourse analysis

Russia, Kolomna, Zelyonaya str., 30, 140410

Maria S Pavlova

State University of Humanities and Social Studies - GSGU University


fourth year PhD student of the Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Communication Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages. Sphere of scientific research: text and discourse studies, text analysis

Russia, Kolomna, Zelyonaya str., 30, 140410


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