Morphosyntactic Problems Encountered in Translating some Selected Longest Qur’ānic Words into English: A New Linguistic Approach

Morphosyntactic; longest Qur’ānic words; approach; problems; translating


January 31, 2022


The present research paper aims to study the morphosyntactic problems encountered by the translators of the meaning of the Holy Qur'an whilst rendering the Quranic longest words into English, specifically in the work of Mohammed. A. S. Abdel Haleem, Mohammed. M Pickthall and Mohammed Khan and Mohammed Taj Al-Din Al-Hilali. Also, the study aims to identify the translation strategies adopted by the three translators in rendering the Quranic longest words into English. Also, the study intends to investigate how the three translators deal with syntactic and morphological, and semantic difficulties in their rendering of the Quranic longest words into English. Four examples of the longest Quranic words were purposefully selected to address the research questions. The study revealed that morphosyntactic problems occurred due to many factors such as lack of awareness of the Quranic longest words and their morphological segments and implications by three translators, which may lead to falling into the trap of inaccuracy. Finally, the study showed that literal translation poses problems on syntactic, semantic, and morphological levels.

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