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Faculty of Languages


The Faculty of Languages was established in 1986/1987, under the name of the Language Center. In 1988, the former General People's Committee issued a Decision No. 245 of 1988 to change the name of the Center to the Faculty of Languages. In 2002, the Faculties of Languages, Social and Applied Sciences, and Education were merged together under the name “Faculty of Arts".


However, with the start of the Fall Term in 2008/2009, the academic activities of the Faculty of Languages ​​were re-activated in all its levels pursuant to the decision of the former General People's Committee No. 535 of 2007 on the reorganization of universities and higher institutes. Since then, all language departments ended integration with the Faculty of Arts.


The Faculty of Languages ​​in its second era includes six departments:


Department of Arabic Language

Department of English Language

Department of French Language

Department of Spanish Language

Department of Italian Language

Department of African Languages

Department of Translation

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Mr. Omima Ahmed Othman Al-Mahdawi

أميمة أحمد المهدوي هي احدى أعضاء هيئة التدريس بقسم اللغة الانجليزية بكلية اللغات. تعمل السيدة أميمة أحمد المهدوي بجامعة طرابلس كـمحاضر مساعد منذ 2012 ولها العديد من المشاركات في مؤتمرات علمية في عدة جامعات ليبية.


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Pym’s ‘Translation Archaeology & Application; his Intercultural Model (EN)

While approaches related to Descriptive Translation Studies are mainly designed to analyze translated work (the product), Anthony Pym’s approach to Translation archeology, humanization and the intercultural model tends to produce much more focus on translators (the producers) and the context in which those translators worked within or what Pym calls ‘intercultural space’, a concept used to denote to a cross-cultural/ multicultural social space. This paper is to reflect this intercultural model over Al-Andalus, the Arabic name for the Islamic Iberian Peninsula, where the Arabs settled for four centuries bringing with them their own social, political and cultural framework study and where the Arab Islamic culture had flourished. Based on this model, the research is to spot light on the ‘human translator’, address questions such as why such translations were produced in this particular place and time ‘the social causation’, the nature of the relationship of those translators to their patrons and clients their ‘social entourage’ (Pym1998) and to spot light on the social roles played by translators in mediating between cultures and the transmission of Arabic knowledge/science to Europe during the Medieval ages. I believe that putting focus on Pym’s archeology of translation would provide guidance for two types of translation historians: researchers who are interested in intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration and those who study regional histories that have received little attention by scholars of translation, besides providing us with answers to what translation can tell us about a given historical context. On the other hand, the analysis of this period in specific would help bring this important era of translation history out from the shadows and give it the visibility that it deserves. arabic 19 English 60
Thuraya Bashir El-Wifati(12-2017)
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Machine Translation and Technicalities of Website Localization

Machine translation tools are widely used by companies. The tools are on an increasing demand. Translators need to equip themselves with the knowledge and the mastering of these tools. This study explores two machine translation tools involved in website localization. These tools are Alchemy Catalyst and Trados Tageditor. The study adopts an evaluative methodology to shed light on the intricacies and technicalities of these two localization tools. It discusses some of the cultural issues that localizers come across in the process of localization. In addition, it delves into the technical issues, mainly focusing on localizing into Arabic with a special focus on string, text, lexis, and orthography. The study concludes that the process of localization requires teamwork and involvement of computer engineers, and both localization tools are valuable in achieving a localization task.
Hamza Ethelb(8-2019)
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Changing the Structure of Paragraphs and Texts in Arabic: A Case from News Reporting

This study explores the textual alterations of Arabic news structure and how it has been influenced by news texts produced in English. The paper precisely examines sentence, paragraph and text structures in terms of form and content in relation to news translation. It analyses news articles collated from Aljazeera and Al-Arabiya news networks. The collated corpus is translations from English into Arabic by these two media outlets. The analysis showed considerable changes that the form of Arabic textual structures has incurred, especially in the general layout of texts. Although it confirm Hatim’s (1997) text-type categorisation with regard to argumentation in Arabic news texts that Arabic lacks argumentative elements it news content, it exhibited significant shift in internal cohesion, paragraph transitions, and syntactic patterns. These changes could emanate from many other influencing factors, but translation is definitely one.
Hamza Ethelb(7-2019)
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