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Academic Paper


Title: Lexical Cohesion in the Translations of Naguib Mahfouz: the Evidence from The Thief and The Dogs
Author: Ahmed Sokarno Abdel-Hafiz
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Institution: Aswan University
Linguistic Field: Translation
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Abstract: The paper aims at examining how lexical cohesion is achieved in Mahfouz's novel "The Thief and The Dogs" and how the translators have dealt with this device in the translated version. The paper compares lexical devices in this novel and in its English version. It is also an attempt to test two hypotheses that account for the degree of explicitness in the translated text as compared to the source text: the Explicitation Hypothesis and the Stylistic Preference Hypothesis. Both Aziz (1998) and Obeidat (1998) adopt the Stylistic Preference Hupothesis which attributes explicitness or implicitness to the stylistic preference of the target language (TL). The explicitation Hypothesis is shown to offer a more appropriate explanation for the way lexical cohesion is rendered in the target language.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Ain Shams University
Publication Info: Occasional Papers 37, Oct. 2003-Mar.2004, pp. 63-88
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