DETERMINATIVE COMPOUND NOUNS IN LEGAL GERMAN AND THEIR TRANSLATION EQUIVALENTS IN BOSNIAN

  • Sanela Mešić University of Sarajevo
Keywords: word formation, determinative compound nouns, legal term, LSP, ranslation equivalent

Abstract

This paper examines determinative compound nouns in legal German. These compounds are often of considerable length and comprise multi-word constituents. The research aims at identifying the components of the determinative compound nouns found in the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as studying their relations within the compounds. The possible translation equivalents in Bosnian are to be determined for several compounds on the basis of existing translations of the German constitution and various appropriate dictionaries. These translation equivalents require our utmost attention, since compounding is not the most productive word-formation process in the Bosnian language. Furthermore, precise translation equivalents are determined on teh basis of the correct interpretation of grammatical relations within the compounds themselves, which is an additional skill any translator must possess in order to arrive at a correct solution. Finally, dictionaries do not have entries for every German compound of this sort, which additionally complicates the process of their translation into any target language. This research therefore emphasises the specific knowledge a translator should possess regarding determinative compound nouns and the ways their translation into Bosnian or any other target language should be conducted.

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Published
2019-10-18
How to Cite
Mešić, S. (2019). DETERMINATIVE COMPOUND NOUNS IN LEGAL GERMAN AND THEIR TRANSLATION EQUIVALENTS IN BOSNIAN. Linguistica, 59(1), 197-207. https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.59.1.197-207