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  • Saturday, January 10, 2009
  • The Problems Involved in Translating Arabic Cognitive Synonyms into English.
  • Published at:Islamic University of Gaza Research Journal , January 2009
  • Dr. Ekrema Mohammad Shhab

    Dept.of English Language and Literature

    An-Najah National University








    This paper shows that cognitive synonyms feature a serious problem in Arabic-English translation. The study explores the translation of a number of cognitive synonymous lexical items in their original context of use. These synonyms were taken from Mahfouz’s two famous novels: “Al-Liss wal-Kilab” and “Ziqaq Al-Midaq”. Some other examples were also drawn from the Holy Quran. Thirty M.A students of Translation at An-Najah National University were the subjects of this study. They were requested to render these synonyms in their original contexts.

                The study explains that the translation of cognitive synonyms has been frequently done formally, functionally or ideationally depending on two significant factors: the text-type in which they are used and the purpose of using them in a particular context. The study, however, argues that in religious and literary texts where synonyms are usually used to convey certain implicated meanings and where we seek to have the same effect on the Target Language (TL) receiver as that of the original on the Source Language (SL) receiver, the use of formal equivalence is ruled out and hence only functional and/or ideational equivalence should be called for.                             

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  • abdul aziz hamad said...
  • أرغب في الحصول على هذا البحث شاكرا لكم لأني أعمل حاليا في إشكالية ترجمة المترادفات في القرآن الكريم
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  • Monday, April 13, 2009
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  • Monday, April 13, 2009
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  • I wonder How I can get the full article!!thank you
  • Monday, March 1, 2010
  • ghada said...
  • السلام عليكم...كيف استطيع التواصل معكم..لدي بروبوسل عن الترجمه
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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