Recreating sense of nonsense

Nonsense lexical units coined by Lewis Carroll

A John Tenniel illustration from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photograph: Buyenlarge/Getty Images
  • Date: 28 FEBRUARY 2023  from 17:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, Via Marsala, 26 - Bologna - In presence and online event

  • Type: Lectures

The lecture presents the complex approach to analyzing the notion of nonsense and its existing definitions in humanities, namely in philosophy, logics, literature and linguistics. The phenomenon of nonsense as a potential for creating multiple senses/meanings will be exemplified by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. The lecture will mostly focus on defining and characterizing nonsense in linguistics. The emphasis will be placed on lexical nonsense units, i.e. nonconventional lexemes coined by the author to meet his pragmatic needs. Particularities of their creation in the source language (English) and their interpretation and rendering into target languages (French and Ukrainian) will be discussed; the relevant examples in three languages will be provided and commented.  


ISA Visiting Fellow - Kamilla Voronina

V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

Position in Ukraine: PhD, Associate Professor at Myloka Lukash Translation Studies Department, Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages for Professional Purposes. V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine)

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