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Truth, Doubt and Hearsay in 17th-Century Russian News Translations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Slavic Languages.
2019 (English)In: Scando-Slavica, ISSN 0080-6765, E-ISSN 1600-082X, Vol. 65, no 2, p. 282-301Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On the basis of material consisting of Russian news translations from 1669 and 1670 (the so-called Vesti-Kuranty), along with the German and Dutch news reports from which the translations were made, this paper examines expressions for the reliability of the reported information. This includes formulaic expressions of truth and doubt, as well as syntactic means of marking hearsay. The study shows that in most cases, the translators took care to understand the reliability judgments expressed in the source texts and render them adequately in Russian, although some exceptions can be seen, especially in expressions of doubt. The existence of formulaic expressions that were not literal translations of the expressions found in the source texts shows that Russian news texts were developing their own genre characteristics.

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2019. Vol. 65, no 2, p. 282-301
Keywords [en]
Early modern newspapers, translation, historical pragmatics, formulaic expressions, hearsay
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-398306DOI: 10.1080/00806765.2019.1672091ISI: 000497035000010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-398306DiVA, id: diva2:1375262
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RFP12-0055:1Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-18Bibliographically approved

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