AWEJ for translation & Literary Studies volume, 1 Number 2, May 2017                                          Pp.107-122

Co-habitality in Translation: The Comparative Case of Collocations

Mohammad Bin Naser

Department of English Language and Literature,
College of Arts, Kuwait University, Kuwait


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The Present paper examines the nature of collocations in Arabic and English as a frequent multi-word item in both languages. The aim of this research is to illustrate the semantic and syntactic nature of collocations and these linguistic features’ effect on translation in both Arabic and English. The supportive examples showcase the problems that might arise in the translation process and their reflection on the quality of translation and level of competence of Arab translators. The findings have shown that collocations are not open to any word, as they co-habit with a limited range of words, which is the real translation crisis for the translator. These findings were supported by a proposed lexicographical model for collocation translation, which could improve the way Arab translators transfer English and Arabic collocations when encountered during the translation process.

Cite as:

Bin Naser, M. (2017). Co-habitality in Translation: The Comparative Case of Collocations. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 1(2).


Dr. Mohammad Bin Naser is a Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature,
Kuwait University. He obtained his BA in English Linguistics from Kuwait University in 2004,
his MA in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham, England in 2005 and his
Ph.D. in Translation Studies from Durham University, England in 2010.