Translation of Selected Igbo Proverbs and Idiomatic Expressions: Implications for Curbing Economic Recession
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation
Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages: 1-8
Received: Jan. 13, 2018; Accepted: Feb. 16, 2018; Published: Mar. 19, 2018
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Joseph Igono, Department of French, Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashu’a, Nigeria
Ugochukwu Ogbonnaya Ogudu, Department of French, Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashu’a, Nigeria
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This descriptive research analyzes selected Igbo proverbs and idiomatic expressions using translation approach. While literal translation is used to reveal the syntactic structures of the selected fixed expressions in Igbo, semantic translation is also used to reveal the rich meaning of the expressions. The application of these procedures helps reveals the tenets of advice, motivations and blame that are inherent in Igbo proverbs and idioms. It is such values as these that are of reformatory benefits during the periods of social or economic crisis. A number of Igbo proverbs and idioms were collected from Igbo native speakers and some written texts. From this corpus, proverbs and idiomatic expressions that appear to have relevance to nature, social and economic issues were selected and classified into two lists – proverbs list and idiomatic expressions list. These two lists were given to elderly Igbo native speakers who are also linguistically knowledgeable in the language to determine their appropriateness for inclusion in the lists. After this, both literal and semantic translation of the proverbs and idiomatic expressions were made from Igbo into English. Implications are drawn based on what the two translation approaches revealed. At the end of the study, it was found that Igbo proverbs and idioms consist of many wise conceptual frames and reformative tenets capable of motivating the individual and encouraging hard work. The research recommends therefore, that the deployment of rich linguistic resources like fixed expressions have great positive implications in curbing economic crisis since they can be used to give pieces of social advice that will help economic growth of the individuals and the society at large at the moment of crisis.
Proverbs, Idioms, Translation, Igbo, Economic Recession
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Joseph Igono, Ugochukwu Ogbonnaya Ogudu, Translation of Selected Igbo Proverbs and Idiomatic Expressions: Implications for Curbing Economic Recession, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2018, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20180401.11
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