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Emotional Information in Popular Science Texts

Student: Artem Reshetov

Supervisor: Tatiana Belyaeva

Faculty: School of Foreign Languages

Educational Programme: Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2019

The fast-moving expansion of popular science videos has created a demand in their translation and interpretation into the languages different from the original one, which most frequently is the English language. The main problem while translating the popular science texts, especially oral ones, is the transmission of the emotional information – the distinguishing feature of the texts of such genre. This paper investigates the linguistic and non-verbal devices of emotional information transmission in TED Talks videos and the ways of their interpretation into the Russian language. As far as TED Talks have appeared relatively recently, their linguistic aspect is not studied properly, let alone the interpretations of those videos. This investigation sheds light on the main difficulties of interpreting the devices of emotional information transmission in popular science texts and estimates the relationship between the quality of emotional information transmission and the representativity of the overall interpretation. It is concluded that non-verbal devices of emotional information transmission are the most difficult to interpret and at the same time are the most important for the quality of interpretation.

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