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Classical Armenian Deixis

Issues of Translation

Hana Aghababian    Cornell University, Ithaca (NY), USA    

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This paper explores the use of deixis in the Armenian translation of the Greek New Testament, with a focus on the medial deictic forms in the gospel of Matthew. Against the two-way deictic distinction in New Testament Greek with proximal οὗτος and distal ἐκεῖνος, the three-way system in Armenian based on the proximal -s-, medial -d- and distal -n- raises questions of how and why the Armenian medial forms are used. Through comparison with Latin, which also has a three-way system (proximal hic, medial iste, and distal ille), and close analysis of key passages, this paper highlights both the semantic values of the Armenian medial forms and the issues of translation that arise as a result of their employment.

Pubblicato
28 Ottobre 2022
Accettato
23 Marzo 2022
Presentato
20 Dicembre 2021
Lingua
EN

Keywords: New TestamentArmenian BibleTranslationGospel of MatthewDeixisLatinArmenianGreek

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