By Rab Houston

Scotland's earlier is simply too frequently visible via a movie of myths and misconceptions. during this Very brief creation, Rab Houston explores the foremost topics from greater than 1,000 years of Scotland's very genuine and intensely attention-grabbing heritage.

Covering every thing from the Jacobites to devolution to the fashionable financial system, this concise account provides a fully-integrated photograph of Scottish society, tradition, politics and faith. Houston examines a number vital topics, together with how an self reliant Scottish country emerged within the center a while, the way it used to be irrevocably altered by means of Reformation, how hyperlinks with England and monetary swap have affected Scotland, and the way Scotland has in flip stimulated the advance of the trendy world.

The ebook exhibits in addition why Scotland's background has made it certain from England, either ahead of and after Union, and why it has at the present time arrived at a political, social and cultural watershed. Authoritative, lucid, and varying largely over problems with setting, humans, and id, this is often Scotland's tale with out myths: a fantastic advent for these attracted to the Scots, but in addition a balanced but clean problem to people who already think at domestic in Scotland prior and current.

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With warm feelings I acknowledge the support of all my friends and colleagues at the Helsinki University English department, the Kouvola department of translation studies, and other university departments throughout Finland. I would like to thank especially those who, as native speakers of English, gave me access to their responses to allusions. I also wish to express my sincere thanks for their cooperation to the translators Elsa Carroll, Liisa Hakola, Erkki Jukarainen, Kalevi Nyytäjä, Eila Salminen and Anna-Laura Talvio 'Elone, who kindly agreed to be interviewed for this study.

Granted, not all instances of borrowed words in English are true allusions where echoes of the evoked context are assumed to colour the new context for the receiver. , and in both, the modifications are similar (a change from interrogative to declarative, and the replacement of the same two nouns by others). In the context, however, the first allusion, which occurred in a British cinematic version of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, will, if its source is recognised by the receiver, actualise Marlowe's Dr Faustus and therefore allow for a rich interpretation involving both mock-heroism and tragedy.

The term 'culture bump' has been used by Carol M. Archer (1986:170-1) of problems in face-to-face intercultural communication which are milder than culture shocks: 'A culture bump occurs when an individual finds himself or herself in a different, strange, or uncomfortable situation when interacting with persons of a different culture'. I have extended the use of her term to translation, for a situation where the reader of a TT has a problem understanding a source-cultural allusion. Such an allusion may well fail to function in the TT, as it is not part of the TL reader's culture.

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