Some Observations on Transfer of Turkish Set Collocations Into the Bosnian Language


  • Amina Šiljak-Jesenković Sarajevo


On the basis of different examples of set collocations known of in the Bosnian and Turkish languages, this paper tries to bring some observations on the transfer of the meaning of Turkish set collocations into the Bosnian lan- guage. Introđuction, in addition to definitions of idioms and other set collocations,deals with the issues encountered when transferring them from one lin- guistic system into the other. Although definitions of such idioms point out the fact that they are untranslatable into other languages, given here are numerous examples of Turkish set collocations taken over by the Bosnian language and adapted phonetically and phonologically, adapted partially or in kalk.

Phonetically-phonologically adapted Turkish collocations in the Bosnian language are marked as a characteristic of a speech community. The exam- ple of the expression bašum sagosum points to its use in this form, and to de- veloping new meanings in its kalk in the Bosnian language. The author gives some notes , too, about possible translations of some Turkish set collocations from everyday communication, drawing attention to different possibilities of interpretation of the same collocation, depending on the speech situation. Also, some curses and blessings in the Turkish language can be called idioms. Some of them, if literally translated, lose their meaning, while in the description of the meaning they lose their metaphoricalness. There are also examples that show possibilities of kalking these idioms, as well as transferring their meanings by stylistically and semantically close forms in the Bosnian language.

Here have been recorded examples of Bosnian idioms with Turkish lexi- cal corpus constituents, motivated by social relations, general experience or be- lief. On the basis of a large number of examples of synonymous Bosnian and Turkish idioms expressed with the same lexical and grammatical means within the two language systems, the author advances a hypothesis that those kalks are products of languages in contact, and parallel in the Turkish and the Bosnian languages he examines possibilities of varying those idioms within their firm structure.With regard to this, he defines some similarities. He also points out the metaphoricalness of the idioms as their feature. Through examples he sho- wed how clearly motivated, but less metaphorical, idioms can be found as ex- pressed by the same means retaining the same meaning both in Turkish and Bosnian. Given are also examples of synonymous Turkish and Bosnian idioms whose metaphor is very expressed, as well as examples of synonymous idioms whose motivation is not easy to define at First glance. Also registered here are examples of Turkish and Bosnian idioms composed of synonymous lexemes, but in different forms, examples of idioms whose meanings are transferred from one language system into the other by lexical means of completely diffe rent meanings, therefore by synonymous idiom from the other language sys- tem. Here also arises the question of respecting language standards when cho- osing expressions for translation, and here again, like in a number of earlier in- stances, pointed out is that the selection of translation expression will be deter- mined by extralinguistic context.

In conclusion, the paper gives a summary of possibilities of idioms as formal elements of the sentence structure. This summary illustrated with synonymous examples in the Bosnian and Turkish languages points to the fact that set collocations can have different syntactic functions, formally - clauses in certain function within a compound sentence, but semantically one unit.


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Šiljak-Jesenković, A. (2017). Some Observations on Transfer of Turkish Set Collocations Into the Bosnian Language. Prilozi Za Orijentalnu Filologiju, 46(46), 61–81. Retrieved from



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