Dr. Henrike Firsching



Completed Project

"Apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time" The translation of biblical metaphors in Hausa and Swahili


This PHD project was published and is available at the website of LIT Verlag:


firschingThis comparison of metaphor translations in four Hausa and six Swahili bibles identifies different methods of metaphor translation. In the focus are metaphors containing entities, which are part of the biblical cultures, but not of Hausa or Swahili speaking areas versus metaphors involving terms that Hausa and Swahili speakers are familiar with. A look at metaphors from different semantic fields (human body, animals, botany, inorganic nature, material culture, social culture) investigates if certain translation methods dominate in a particular semantic field.