Guest lecture on legal terminology and equivalents in 7 languages

On Thursday 20 July 2017 from 5.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. we are delighted to have the pleasure of welcoming the eminent Dr Aleksandra Matulewska from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, for a talk entitled “A Parametric Approach to Legal Terminology“.

The talk deals with the problem of translating selected legal terminology.

Research methods included: (i) comparison of parallel texts and analysis of comparable texts; (ii) axiomizing the legal linguistic reality; (iii) terminological analysis of the corpus material; (iv) the concept of adjusting the target text to the communicative needs and requirements of the community of recipients, and (v) techniques of providing equivalents for non-equivalent terminology.

The research hypothesis has been so formulated that the parametrization of legal reality may assist in finding more adequate equivalents and determine differences in meaning of compared source and target language terms. This in turn facilitates the choice of a more adequate technique in providing equivalents for non-equivalent or partially equivalent legal terminology meeting the communicative needs of translation recipients. Additionally, such an approach helps reveal systemic and semantic relations at the intralingual and interlingual level. The results are illustrated with examples from 7 languages.


The talk will take place in Room 246, at the iconic Senate House building, School of Advanced Study, University of London, in Russell Square, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

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