Publication details [#14341]

Bouregbi, Salah. 2019. Translation of Metaphor: The Dilemma of Conceptualisation. In Translation 7 (1) : 121–131. 11 pp. URL
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Annaba Badji Mokhtar University


Translation is a useful though controversial activity in which issues of equivalence, faithfulness, and (mis)communication arise. When metaphors come into the picture, the challenges are greater. Metaphors are culture-bound cognitive devices and their transfer becomes a hindrance for professional translators. Should they use a more literal metaphor or a metaphor more culturally appropriate and natural in the target language? This article discusses these and other issues that aim to enlighten translators, readers, and students of translation alike.