AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number 1. February   2021                                Pp. 363-377

A Cognitive Analysis of Si Mohand’s Translated Poetry L’Amitié Bafouée

Department of English
Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi-Ouzou
Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria

Department of English
Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi-Ouzou
Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria


Kabyle oral poetry is the spirit of Kabyle literature. Si Mohand’s poetry was and still is the subject of many studies. The current research is Cognitive and analytical and aims to explain the English translated version of poem 16 taken from L’Amitié Bafouée, using schema theory, following Semino’s (2014) proposed approach to poetry analysis. Terminologies advanced by Schank and Abelson (1977), Schank’s Dynamic Memory (1982), and Cook’s Schema Refreshment (1994), will be used in the analysis. The study’s significance is firstly shown through its corpus, i.e. previous works dealing with Si Mohand’s poetry mostly made use of either the French or Kabyle versions. And secondly, through the use of a combination of terminologies advanced by the previously mentioned scholars. The study aims to answer the following main question:  what is the main scene projected by the poem? And the following sub-question: what is the impact of culturally translated metaphors on readers? Results show that nine scripts need to be activated to form the betrayal Scene. Moreover, the use of literal translation in cultural metaphors specifically, led to difficulties in activating appropriate scripts in order to allow understanding to take place. In fact, understanding is determined by the reader’s background knowledge. The current analysis can also be used in translation assessment, detecting cultural misunderstandings, comparative studies of poetry, and can even be introduced to teaching.

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MECHAT, K, & YASSINE, S. (2021). A Cognitive Analysis of Si Mohand’s Translated Poetry L’Amitié Bafouée. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (1)
363-377.   DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no1.24


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Kahina MECHAT is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria. Her research interests include, Cognitive Linguistics, Neurolinguistics, Contrastive Linguistics, Translation Studies and Poetry Analysis. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1115-3427

Dr. Souryana YASSINE is a professor in Language Sciences and Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria. She is an elected member of the scientific committee of the Faculty of Letters and Languages. He has the position of Head of the Doctoral Program of Master’s course entitled Didactics of Foreign Languages. Her research interests include, Language Education, Sociolinguistics, Gender Studies, intercultural Communication, Discourse Analysis, Social Semiotics and Multimodality.   https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6014-2543