The Language of ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Here is the abstract for the second article published by the Parallel Translation Corpus team. In it, we seek to linguistically define Nadsat so as better to examine how its functions, effects, and construction vary across translations, which is the subject of the first article published by the team, and of future articles in planning.

Lives in Language – Anthony Burgess

This article originally appeared in Babel magazine issue 19: http://www.babelzine.com/ LIVES IN LANGUAGE   Jim Clarke examines the linguistic legacy of novelist, composer and amateur philologist Anthony Burgess on the centenary of his birth.   Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) It is little surprise that Anthony Burgess is today best known for a novella which is written…

Breaking down Nadsat into categories

As stated in the previous post, we have been attempting to establish what happens when an invented art language is translated, and what that can tell us about translation strategies. But to do that, it is important firstly to define what we mean by invented art language. The one we chose is not a fully-fledged…

What is Nadsat and what does it do?

Nadsat is, of course, the invented language which forms the heart and identity of Anthony Burgess's famous novella, A Clockwork Orange. It is also the object of study of the team of linguists and literary historians behind this blog. For the past two years, we have been examining Nadsat with the intention of working out what…

In the bleak midwinter

It is with a heavy heart that we note the death of Richard Adams, author of the seminal Watership Down, with its wonderful act of imagination, the invention of a Lapine language. As one critic noted, Watership Down "is much more like A Clockwork Orange: a book so confidently lodged in an alternative universe with…

Invented Languages on ‘The One Show’ tomorrow, 22nd July.

We were consulted today by BBC's 'The One Show', the midday magazine programme, which will be doing a slot on invented languages on tomorrow's show. This relates to the release of the new 'BFG' movie, based on the book by Roald Dahl, in which the titular friendly giant speaks in his own language, 'Gobblefunk', entirely…

How do you order a pizza in Dothraki?

We thought we'd share the symposium press release here on the blog too.   HOW DO YOU ORDER A PIZZA IN DOTHRAKI?* Researchers from three continents will gather in Coventry later this month to discuss invented languages. Scholars from as far afield as India, Italy and the United States will convene at Coventry University on…