Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 237

Full Length Research Paper

Semiotic translation and the expression of African thoughts and cultural values in English

P. A. Ezema
Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 18 September 2013
  •  Published: 31 December 2013


This paper identifies different situations which give rise to translation from the indigenous African languages. The relationship between language and thought on one hand and between language and culture on the other is fully discussed. Also stressed in the paper is the role of language in promoting cultural understanding. Attempt is made in the paper to identify different types of translation. As many scholars have already written on intralingual and interlingual types of translation, this paper focuses on offering possible solutions to the problem of distortion of African thoughts and cultural values arising from semiotic translation from the native African languages.
Key words: Translation, semiotics, African thought, language and culture.