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The English Legalese under Scrutiny: Genre-Based Approach to Legal Translation
This paper attempts to bring together aspects of genres and legal translation to investigate how these decisive factors can contribute to translation of official documents from Persian to English. First, it provides some conceptual knowledge about the concept of genre in translation studies, and then discusses the impact that it has on translation demands concerning types of official documents…
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Functional Equivalence Revisited: Legal Translation in Persian and English through Parallel Corpus
The translation of legal texts cannot be done without regarding legal-cultural concepts and differences between legal systems. The level of equivalence of the terms depends on the extent of relatedness of the legal systems and not on that of the languages involved. This article aims at analyzing the aspects of translation equivalence (TE) in legal translation. First, it provides a theoretical framework focusing on legal translation from the existing perspectives…
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Layout features of English legal documents: English Lease Contract as a model
It seems reasonable to ask first the following question: Is there a general layout that characterises such documents? In attempt to answer this question, it is worthwhile to clarify, first, what is meant by layout. Farghal & Shunnaq (1999) point out that…
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Some lexical features of English legal language
Legal translation is understood as the translation of technical materials within the field of law. Correspondingly, legal language is a distinct language easy to some extent to those familiar with it, but to whom with which are unfamiliar is of certain difficulty…
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Incongruity of Company Law Terms
Legal translation is regarded by some researchers as one of the most challenging endeavours, "combining the inventiveness of literary translation with the terminological precision of technical translation" (Harvey 2002). It is mainly due to the specificity of legal language and, in particular, the system-bound nature of legal terminology and differences between the common law and civil law systems. A good illustration of problems connected with terminological incongruity may be found in company law and classifications of business entities…
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Two Legal Systems and the Term Homicide
Each legal system has its own vocabulary. It is the translator's job to search for terms that often do not fully correspond to the meaning of the word in the source language, or which may not even exist in the target language. Nevertheless, using the appropriate word does not only depend on a good dictionary. It also depends on the translator?s technical knowledge…
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Options to Choose in Agreement Composition
Whereas it is not always a piece of cake to choose the right option for the interpretation or/and translation of terms, clauses and definitions in legal practice, it is my firm belief that the below analysis of model agreement composition will be of great use and importance in terms of reference and advice. In the day-to-day practice legal practitioners are normally mixed with the dilemma of the variety of options, at first sight, suitable for translation…
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La traduzione giuridica e il ?Legal English? tra Common law e Civil Law
The article discusses some theoretical and practical aspects of legal translation, and the question is examined whether differences between common law and civil law systems can be overcome in translation, with English playing the role of ?mediation language?…
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Réflexions sur la traduction des formes de sociétés
When translating legal terms, the translator may use different stratagems depending on the legal systems involved. Within the same (bilingual or multilingual) country, accepted exact translations of legal terms usually exist. When different countries have similar legal systems, direct literal translation is usually possible. Translation between different legal systems requires that the translator be aware of the legal terminologies involved and often to provide an explanation for the benefit of the target-language audience…
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