Equivalence in Economic Translation: Challenges and Hindrances Case Study: An Economic Report on the Informal Economy in Tunisia

Sofiene Tergui


The notion of Translation Equivalence is undoubtedly one of the most problematic and controversial areas in the field of translation theory. The term has caused, and it seems quite probable that it will continue to cause, heated debates within the field of translation studies. Equivalence, indeed, is a constitutive feature and the guiding principle of translation. As Catford points out, "the central problem of translation-practice is that of finding Target Language equivalents. A central task of translation theory is that of defining the nature and conditions of translation equivalence" (Catford 21: 1965). In order to explore the realm of Translation Equivalence, I will try in this paper to point to the different methods used to achieve equivalence when translating an economic report entitled: Extralegality in Tunisia and the connection to the Arab Spring (2013) from English (L3) into Arabic (L1) and French (L2). However, addressing non-equivalence in some cases, will pave the way for introducing several methods and procedures to overcome this problem.

Keywords: Technical translation, Translation equivalence, non-equivalence, Informal Economy  

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