THE CULTURAL MARGINALITY OF AN INTERPRETER

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In sociology, there is such a concept as cultural marginality; it makes reference to the betweenness of a human position between two cultures or subcultures (concerning the processes of cross-cultural contacts and assimilation). We consider that “cultural marginality” is a characteristic displayed by an interpreter who gets into a new cultural environment at the beginning of his professional activity. Being unaware of the foreign language culture subtleties, he does nоt lose the connection with his native culture and therefore, he transforms and modifies its values instead of learning new cultural norms. Interaction with people of the studied culture becomes ineffective. …


GYPSIES: A LINGUISTIC CONSTRUCTION OF THEIR MARGINALITY IN ENGLISH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

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The media represent a good channel for shaping and transmitting representations of society, representations that uphold the current values and opinions, influencing people’s beliefs and views. Starting from this idea and having in view the fact that, in the last decades, Gypsies have become a frequent topic of the news (at least) in Europe, the present paper has two aims: (1) to analyse the manner in which Gypsies’ marginality (which seems to be perennial) is linguistically constructed in some English newspapers headlines and (2) to depict the influence of these headlines upon newspaper readers’ beliefs regarding Gypsies. The research tools …