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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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Chapter 12: Annotating Semantic Issues


Chapter 12 Annotating Semantic Issues The previous chapters examined different semantic aspects. This chapter links these semantic issues discussed throughout the book to the actual act of translating by consolidating theoretical claims with authentic translational data, thus helping translation students annotate their own translations from a semantic perspective. To this end, a text (386 words) is translated and annotated from a semantic perspective. Before the text is translated, the following introduction presents this source text along with its author. 12.1 Introduction This text was written by the Syrian writer and editor, Lubna Mahmūd Yāsīn, who studied painting and sculpture in Damascus. Among her writ- ings are (1) صفق يف ىثنأ (A Female in a Cage), a collection of short stories published by ةايحلا جهو راد Dār Wahaj Al-Hayyāt for Publication and Media, Riyadh, (2) ةّشحوتم سوقط (Wild Traditions), a collection of short stories published by هوجو راد Dār Wujūh for Publication and Media, Riyadh, and (3) ًّاتمص ُتوملا (Dying Silently), a collection of short stories. The story نطاوم ةمصب (A Citizen’s Fingerprint) unfolds in an unnamed Arab country and the writer does not locate the main character in any par- ticular place or time. This is to evoke in the mind of the reader a range of memories and images. This character, who undergoes no change or devel- opment throughout the story, symbolizes the great number of people in the Arab world who suffer from the injustice, tyranny and oppression of the various regimes. These people do not have the right to choose, accept or object. When...

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