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Corpus-based translation:

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Adrian Zasina

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Goals of the paper
presenting the textual equivalence of Czech adjectives: matný, drsný, trapný, which have no clear equivalent in Polish,
finding all possible translations of these adjectives in Polish based on data from the Czech National Corpus,
comparing the translations obtained from the corpus with translations in the dictionary.
monolingual comparable corpus,
bilingual comparable corpus,
parallel corpus.
By Mona Baker the translated text is the most unrepresentative variant of the target language (1993: 243).
Dictionary equivalence
adi 1. (ruce, kůže) szorstki, chropawy, chropowaty 2. (hlas) szorstki, ostry, chrapliwy 3. (podnebí) ostry, surowy, (člověk) nieokrzesany,
adi 1. matowy • -é sklo szkło matowe 2. (pohled, vzpomínka) zamglony, mglisty, niejasny 3. (krok) chwiejny, zmęczony,
adi (situace) przykry, kłopotliwy, żenujący, niezręczny, nieprzyjemny.

Types of translation-driven corpora
Image by Tom Mooring
Corpus-based translation:
Textual equivalence of Czech adjectives

Corpus-based vs. corpus-driven approach
In the case of corpus-driven approach linguists examine a corpus without any preconceptions ‒ without establishing any theoretical model ‒ to discover how language really works.
In the case of corpus-based approach, on the other hand, linguists first establish theoretical model and then examine the corpus data to find the natural examples falling within that model (Grabowski 2012: 23).
Parallel language corpus collecting parallel texts in several languages for which Czech is the pivot. It is part of The Czech National Corpus.
Corpus is available free of charge after earlier registration (http://ucnk.ff.cuni.cz/intercorp/ ).
Corpus-based approach in Translation Studies
the use of tools and techniques of monolingual corpus linguistics was initially developed in early 1980s. by John Sinclair and his team working on the COBUILD English Dictionary in Birmingham,
pioneering researches based on the corpus were initiated in Oslo by Stig Johannson.
Hypotheses of translation universals
Adrian Jan Zasina
Opole University

Research material
On the basis of parallel corpus InterCorp the material of all possible translations of the investigated words was acquired. For each of the adjectives in Czech-Polish part of the InterCorp (containing only Czech originals) there were found following amounts of examples: 21 ‒ matný, 53 ‒ drsný, 89 ‒ trapný.
Table 1. Hits for the adjective "matný"
Percentage representation of hits
for the word "matný"
Table 2. Hits for the adjective "drsný"
Percentage representation of hits
for the word "drsný"
Percentage representation of hits
for the word "trapný"
Table 3. Hits for the adjective "trapný"
Thank you for your attention!
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