CULTURAL ELEMENTS AS A BARRIER TO FAITHFUL TRANSLATION OF IGBO PROVERBS INTO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

AUTHOR: EKEGBO, RICHARD NDUBISI

DEPARTMENT: IGBO, AFRICAN AND ASIAN STUDIES

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA.

Igbo culture is rich in cultural elements, repositories, concepts and expressions. One of the rich repositories of Igbo culture is proverbs. But the problem is that it is often difficult to translate the Igbo proverbs into the English language. This is because to be able to make a faithful translation of Igbo proverbs into the English Language, the target language will have the same socio-cultural setting, cultural elements and cultural practices, which is hardly possible. This work looked at the extent Igbo cultural elements, symbols and expressions could allow for the translation of some Igbo proverbs into the English language for the sake of those who do not understand the Igbo language. But the questions are: what are proverbs? How are Igbo proverbs used? Can Igbo proverbs be used in the context of English Language? During the course of this research, related literature are read and reviewed. The area of the study of this work is proverbs in the Igbo Language. Thirty five proverbs with their English Language equivalents are randomly selected from the corpus, explained and translated. Survey Research Method is used for this work. The findings showed that cultural elements are to some extent a barrier in making a faithful translation of Igbo proverbs into English language because of the different socio-cultural setting of the two languages. This necessitates the use of equivalent English proverbs, and appropriate translation technique where this is not possible, in order to convey the message in Igbo proverbs into the English Language. The work ends with summary and suggestion for further studies.

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