Developing Generic Competence in Legal Translation Trainees

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Ondřej Klabal

Abstract

This paper addresses the notion of legal genres and text types from a classroom perspective. It presents several classifications of legal texts developed for legal translation (training) purposes and a critical reflextion thereof. Drawing on the classifications, the paper discusses what the rationale behind text selection in legal translation training should be, and why certain texts are more suitable than others in this respect, depending on the length and level of training. This is followed by a series of exercises designed to raise register and genre awareness in legal translation trainees. The exercises focus on the (a)symmetry of legal genres across languages and legal systems as well as the macrostructure of certain genres.

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Klabal, O. “Developing Generic Competence in Legal Translation Trainees”. Linguaculture, vol. 14, no. 2, Dec. 2023, pp. 187-08, doi:10.47743/lincu-2023-2-0325.
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Specialised Genres in Translation
Author Biography

Ondřej Klabal, Palacky University Olomouc

Having a background both in languages and law, Ondřej KLABAL, Ph.D. is a researcher and senior lecturer in legal translation, legal terminology and interpreting studies at the Department of English and American Studies and Department of Romance Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. Ondřej is also involved in the training of Czech would-be court interpreters and translators and teaches legal English courses both for lawyers and translators. Ondřej’s doctoral dissertation focused on legal translation training. To complement his academic activities, Ondřej is also a professional legal translator and court interpreter working with Czech, English and Spanish.

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