Language (policy), translation and terminology in the European Union

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The aim of this paper is to analyse the impact of an EU language and translation policy and the peculiarities of translation and term-creation in an EU context. I first present the legal basis for a language and translation policy, focusing on national-level involvement in corpus planning, and, secondly, I analyse how institutional translation policy and practice affect the linguistic (language, text) and extra-linguistic (translator, receiver) aspects of translation. Thirdly, by revealing the complexity of conceptual systems at an EU-level and extending the model of Sager (1990), I analyse the stages of multilingual primary and secondary term-creation in an EU context. In the creation of secondary terms I draw a distinction between intra-conceptual and inter-conceptual term-transfer. I finally outline the linguistic and conceptual variability of EU terms.


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