Translation of Humorous Literature: A Hyper-blend of Mental Spaces

G. Hirsch

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This contribution is an attempt to integrate the notion of conceptual blending (Fauconnier
& Turner, 1998, 2002, 2003) as applied to Translation Studies (Boase-Beier, 2011) with its
implementation in the framework of Humor Research (Jabłońska-Hood, 2015), in order to better
explain the nature of a translated humorous text. The study is thus based on three conceptual
paradigms: Blending Theory, Pragmatic Studies of Humor and Translation Studies. The textual
analysis includes examples extracted from a contemporary novel, Wake up, Sir! (Ames, 2004).
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)81-95
JournalInternational Studies in Humour
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017


  • Blending theory; Mental spaces; Humor; Incongruity; Translation


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