AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume3, Number3. August 2019                                    Pp.151-164

 Domesticating the Text: Collocation Patterns and their Significance in the Translated Text

Mansour K. Thajeel Aldanani

Department of Physics
Faculty of Science, University of Sumer
Thi-qar, Iraq


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This paper is an attempt to examine, through examples, the significance of collocation patterns for the translated text. To prove this, a corpus is collected from two translated articles in National Geographic magazine, Arabic version and their English counterparts. The given examples show that a great abundance of collocations patterns surfaced in the Arabic target texts (TT). The results obtained are used to argue that these patterns have cohesive, coherent, and aesthetic functions in the target text. To produce a translation that can read as much fluently and naturally as possible, professional translators work painstakingly to domesticate the source text as the magazine, in its Arabic version, is targeting different readership and culture. To accomplish their task, translators draw on their language competence especially ‘collocation competence’ as a domesticating strategy.

Cite as:

Aldanani, M. K. T. (2019). Domesticating the Text: Collocation Patterns and their Significance in the Translated Text. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 3 (3) 161-174.


Mansour K. Thajeel Aldanani is an assist. lecturer of English at the University of Sumer. He got
his M.A. from University of Salford in 2011. Currently, he is teaching English at the University
of Sumer. Since 2011, Aldanani has been doing translation and also interpreting at symposiums,
business meetings, and conferences. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7717-5955