Neither Morpheme nor Transleme … Revisiting the Unit of Translation, Semiotically

  • Faiq S
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Against the background of the disparities and disagreements across the spectrum of theory and practice about the unit of translation (UT), the purpose of this paper is to postulate that a semiotically -defined UT can fulfil the need of a concrete, viable and stable UT. Labelled textlet, the proposed UT is based on the semiotic triad of the sign, its meaning and its user. As a semiotic sign, textlet represents a particular meaning on the basis of similarity or dissimilarity to other textlets within the text. A textlet is a functional unit with an oppositional value defined by the communicative differences this opposition is capable of producing within texts.

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  • Unit of translation
  • semiotic triad
  • semiotics
  • textlet

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