A Comparative Corpus-based Analysis of Collocational Patterns in Self and Other-translators

Authors

  • Zara Obaid National Skills University, Islamabad
  • Muhammad Asim Mahmood
  • Rashid Mehmood Government College University Faisalabad

Keywords:

collocations, self-translations, other-translations, Pakistani writers, monolingual comparable corpus

Abstract

With the dawn of post-colonialism and a surge in migrations, several bilingual authors started translating their original texts into the target language. As a result, translation studies started distinguishing it from other-translations owing to its special status based on various extra-linguistic features. Consequently, now it goes by the term self-translation studies (Anselmi, 2012) - a field of its own. However, none of the studies have distinguished self and other-translations at the basic linguistic level. This study aims to trace and compare the patterns of collocations in other-translations and self-translations with reference to non-translated texts. For this purpose, a corpus-based on a monolingual comparable model (Baker, 1993) and consisting of three further sub-corpora i.e. other-translators, self-translators, and Pakistani writers is used. The lexical collocations model proposed by Benson et al. (1997) provides a theoretical framework for this study. The sub-corpora are tagged by TagAnt 1.2.0 and treated further using AntConc 3.5.8. The findings of the study reveal that self-translators employ more collocate types and they are more homogeneously distributed around a single node in comparison to the other-translators. The results are significant for the theoretical understanding of self-translations and invite more investigations at the linguistic level to set apart the features of the two categories.

Author Biographies

Zara Obaid, National Skills University, Islamabad

Lecturer, National Skills University, Islamabad

Muhammad Asim Mahmood

Government College University, Faisalabad

Rashid Mehmood, Government College University Faisalabad

Former Associate Professor Department of Applied Linguistics, Government College University Faisalabad

Published

2022-02-25

How to Cite

1.
Obaid Z, Asim Mahmood M, Mehmood R. A Comparative Corpus-based Analysis of Collocational Patterns in Self and Other-translators. Corporum [Internet]. 2022Feb.25 [cited 2022May21];5(1):56-83. Available from: https://journals.au.edu.pk/ojscrc/index.php/crc/article/view/203