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Problems encountered in translating oxymora from English into Arabic

Alhalawani, Ali Alsayed Hassan and Yani, Achmad and Kama, Nonglaksana (2016) Problems encountered in translating oxymora from English into Arabic. In: 2nd International Convention On Islam, Science & Education (KONGSI '16), 6th October 2016, Bandar Baru Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.

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This study investigated the problems some Egyptian translation students majoring in English encounter when translating texts containing oxymora. To achieve this, the researchers selected 42 students from the Department of Simultaneous Interpretation, Faculty of Arts, Damanhour University, Egypt, who were enrolled during the second semester of 2015/2016. Students were given a translation test in which they were asked to translate 15 statements from English into Arabic. Each statement contained an oxymoron, apart from one statement which was used as a control to check if the students were attentive during the test. The statements were selected in accordance with Shen’s classification of direct and indirect oxymora. The test was then sent to five expert translators to check the validity of the translations and to be used to form model answers. The consultation and advice of an academic expert in Arabic was sought to ensure the validity of the test as well as the accuracy of the model answers, based on which the respondent’s answers were to be graded. Results of the study showed that translation students encounter a number of problems: 1) unfamiliarity with English oxymora, 2) vagueness of some oxymora, 3) inability to achieve equivalence in the target language, 4) lack of cultural awareness. Based on these results, the researchers recommend that translation students should be intensively exposed to literary texts containing linguistic phenomena such as oxymora and the like to become more familiar with their meaning, usage and the appropriate translation strategies to be used in rendering them into the target language.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 7465/52358
Uncontrolled Keywords: translating, oxymora, English Arabic
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Languages and Management
Depositing User: Dr. Ali Al-Halawani
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2016 16:46
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 17:26
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52358

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