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Semantics for Translation Students



Ali Almanna

This book is an introduction to semantics for students and researchers who are new to the field, especially those interested in Arabic–English translation and Arabic–English contrastive studies. The book first presents key concepts in semantics, pragmatics, semiotics, syntax and morphology and gradually introduces readers to the central questions of semantics. These issues are then analysed and discussed in conjunction with the act of translating between Arabic and English. Seeking a balance between theoretical developments and empirical investigation, the book thus provides both a systematic overview of semantics and an application in the field of English and Arabic contrastive semantics, hence offering a resource for students and teachers of Arabic–English translation.


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This book provides an engaging and accessible introduction to semantics for students and researchers who are new to the field. It introduces the basics of semantics in a simple fashion. It adopts a step-by-step approach, starting with the basic concepts and gradually moving readers to the central questions in semantics to discuss them in a direct link with the actual act of translating. It strikes a balance between theoretical developments and empirical investigation. In addition to gaining a systemic overview of seman- tics, readers can learn how to argue for analysis, thus being able to annotate their own translation academically. Specialists in language-related fields, such as linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, semiotics, morphology, syntax, and translation will find this book an essential resource and reference. Among the significant concepts introduced in this book are denota- tion, connotation, sense, reference, the open choice principle, the idiom principle, semantic roles, semantic relations, semantic field, componential analysis, meaning postulates, frames, scripts, paradigmatic axis, syntagmatic axis, speech acts, implicature, the cooperative principle, and semiotics. This academic textbook is an accessible coursebook for students of Arabic-English translation, Arabic-English contrastive studies, and students of linguistics and semantics. The book is primarily designed for those whose mother tongue is either Arabic or English and who have some knowledge of both linguistics and semantics (at a basic level) and translation studies (at a basic level). Although the topics and analyses used in this book are intrinsically of different levels of complexity (in particular the complexity levels are differ- ent within...

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