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Sassurean reverberations: comparative analysis of the Russian and Brazilian translation of the course in general linguistics

Grant number: 19/07637-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2019
Effective date (End): June 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Sheila Vieira de Camargo Grillo
Grantee:Igor Bezerra de Mesquita
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The project aims to investigate how the linguistic tradition in two distinct countries - Russia and Brazil - oriented the translation of Saussure's texts by means of comparative analysis of chapters from Cours de Linguistique Génerale in the Russian and Portuguese translations. In order to do that, it will be searched signification and accentuation traces (in Bakhtinian terms) built in each translation that can tell a lot about the interpretative operation of the one who translated it. The analysis will be founded mainly by Bakhtinian and thinkers of the Circle's linguistic theories, considering the following aspects for analyzing: the social horizon of those texts, the historical context, the "translator-speaker" and "reader-listener" aperceptive mass. Our hypothesis is that Saussure' status and eminence that represented and still represent, as well as the differences between the linguistic traditions in each of those cultures/languages will be conspicous in the translations made in very different social and temporal contexts.