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Legal Discourse across Cultures and Systems$
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Vijay K. Bhatia, Christopher N. Candlin, and Jan Engberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098510

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098510.001.0001

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Translating Terminology in Arbitration Discourse

Translating Terminology in Arbitration Discourse

(p.309) 15 Translating Terminology in Arbitration Discourse
Legal Discourse across Cultures and Systems

Marta Chroma

Hong Kong University Press

One of the most difficult aspects of legal translation is the issue of terminology. This chapter outlines some of the key terminological issues relevant for the translation of arbitration laws and procedures. It argues for a conceptual approach to terminology in legal translation which relies on the choice of seemingly equivalent terms in two or more different legal systems using two or more different languages as the vehicles of legal information, always based on the comparison of the scope (intension), applicability (in various contexts and genres), and the purpose and effect of legal concepts. The chapter recommends extensive conceptual analyses of key terms to avoid the potential risk of choosing translational equivalents which would not be adequate in the target legal system and, hence misleading or incomprehensible for the ultimate recipients.

Keywords:   legal language, legal translation, translational equivalents, terminological issues, legislative texts

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