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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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My sincere appreciation goes to to Juan José Martínez-Sierra of the Universitat de València (Spain), James Dickins of the University of Leeds (UK), Nicolas Froeliger of the Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7, France), and Vivina Almeida Carreira of Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (Portugal), all of whom read the whole manuscript and provided me with their valu- able suggestions and comments. My special thanks also go to Murtadha Bakir, Fred Pragnell, Naser Al-Bzour, Hashim Lazim, Wafa Abu Hatab, Muntaha Ali, and John Moreton, who offered valuable insights into, and guidance on, the many and varied aspects of the linguistic and analytical challenges of translat- ing Arabic. In addition, I would like to thank the BA and MA students of Arabic- English translation over the years at the University of Nizwa (The Sultanate of Oman) and the University of Basrah (Iraq), whose translation projects have served as sources for the translation examples used in this book. Finally, no words could ever express my deepest love and gratitude to my family, who have supported me in this work.

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