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1 Translation as a product
Equivalence: Descriptive Prescriptive

2 Descriptive Equivalence
ST features Corresponding to TT features: ممنوع الدخول ممنوع التدخين ممنوع التصوير في أمان الله مع السلامة

3 Descriptive Equivalence
Forbidden is the entrance = Forbidden is the smoking = Forbidden is the photography = In the safety of God = With the well-being =

4 Prescriptive Equivalence
The relationship between an SL expression and the canonic/basic/standard/TL required rendering. No entry! No smoking! No photography! Farewell! Adieu! Goodbye!

5 “Dynamic Equivalence”
This variant is based on the ‘principle of equivalent effect’ = ‘the relationship between TA and message = should be substantially the same as that between SA and the message’. However, reasons of grammar, idiom, context, genre, etc. may forbid literal translation of expressions.

6 Communicative Translation an example of Dynamic Equivalence
Excessive freedom in translation To write more or less anything as long as it sounds good and thinly reflects something of the SLMC. What could be the relationship between STM and SCR/A?! Is there a single effect?!Even in one reading by one person?!

7 Equivalence is not Sameness
In mathematics / sign-theory / an equivalent relationship is objective / incontrovertible / reversible. In translation reversibility / unanimity / full agreement / is unthinkable! It can be only in very simple texts and only denotatively!

8 Translation Depends on Context
Same is a hindrance in translation Cultures differ!!!!!!! We suggest an ‘Equivalent Target Culture Situation’ = in the everyday counterpart sense Something different, but resembling in relative aspects

9 Translation Loss To maximize sameness or To minimize difference
Look not for what we might put into TT, but Look for what we might save from the ST. Because SL and TL are fundamentally different, the transfer from ST to TT involves loss.

10 Loss in Translation Deficiency versus compensation:
((العجز مقابل التعويض a deficiency occurs when a particular semantic or grammatical concept does not exist in either the SL or the TL. A compensation, on the other hand, is an attempt to make for that deficiency through some other means; i.e. the lack of the dual pronoun form of address in English: أنتما can be compensated with the use of both to indicate duality, i.e. you both.

11 Loss versus gain: ((الفقد مقابل الزيادة a loss in translation results from a semantic or structural deficiency in the TL which cannot be compensated for, while gain adds something which did not exist in the SL whenever the TL is semantically richer. For instance, خالة translates into maternal aunt; thus, an extra semantic element is added to make for the deficiency in English.

12 Saving versus padding:
((البلاغ مقابل الحشو saving is when the SL message can be translated in fewer words, and padding when it has to be expressed in more words. An example of saving in English: pensioner محال إلى التقاعد; an example of padding: فلان لا يرافق, he is not the right companion because he has no manners.

13 Language levels: ((مستويات اللغة they determine the type of languages to be used in translation: poetic versus prosaic, literary versus colloquial, refined versus vulgar, ancient versus modern, esthetical (artistic) versus functional, philosophical versus technical etc. The translator has to adapt the tone of the SL and target the audience targeted by the SL. One has to translate different language registers differently in the TL.

14 Literal versus figurative sense:
((المعنى الحرفي مقابل المجازي many words have both a concrete meaning and an abstract one, i.e. English: honey, عسل (literal sense); محبوب (figurative sense).

15 Equivalence: ((المقابل when the translation unit is an idiomatic expression, a cliché, a reflex formula, a greeting formula, slang, a proverb or saying, a cultural reference, the translator must from the context first understand the situation and then give the appropriate equivalent expression used in a similar situation in the TL. For instance, in the situation of an Arab asking another about what has been the reason of his absence: خير. عسى ما شر What’s up? I hope everything is alright.

16 Adaptation: ((الموائمة when there are obstacles to translation resulting from cultural differences, i.e. different institutions, customs or traditions which the reader in the TL cannot well comprehend for lack of a ready equivalent, the translator must resort to adaptation. One form of adaptation is compensation, another might be an explanatory periphrasis, yet another some similar concept in the TL, for example: My home is one hundred meters away, بيتي يبعد مائة ذراع من هنا .

17 Universal Semantic Representation:
((التمثيل الدلالي العام it is an accurate reflection of the totality of meaning carried by the SL unit. It also carries any other information required for a full interpretation of the SL unit. It is the result of the SL text analysis generated in the translator’s memory.

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