An SFL-based model for investigating explicitation-related phenomena in translation: two case studies of English–Arabic translation

Othman, Waleed Ahmad Fayiz (2019). An SFL-based model for investigating explicitation-related phenomena in translation: two case studies of English–Arabic translation. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis proposes a robust model based on theoretically-motivated and clearly-operationalised definitions and classifications informed by systemic functional linguistics for investigation of features such as explicitness and implicitness in translated texts. Most previous studies deal with translations from the angle of their source texts, focusing on translation shifts and equivalence, often with respect to cohesion and discourse makers, and ignoring the status of the target text with respect to the corresponding register in the target language. Moreover, studies lack clearly operationalised definitions of the investigated phenomena: explicitation and implicitation are confused with explicitness/implicitness, increased/decreased informativeness, and specification/generalisation, among other related concepts. To address these deficiencies, the proposed model adopts two complementary perspectives, viewing the translation as (1) the realisation of semantic meaning by lexicogrammar in the target text and (2) an instance in the respective TL register. In both cases, translational renderings are looked at as choices within the systemic potential of the target language. Two case studies of translations between English and Arabic demonstrate the model’s descriptive potential and provide support for the assumption that shifts (and non-shifts) between the source and target texts do not necessarily correspond to differences between the target text and comparable target language non-translations.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Department of Modern Languages
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic


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