Polish-English Terminological Equivalence in the Language of Politics

Main Article Content

Marcin Feder


In the present study we put forward a translation method that would help ensure the proper rendering of Polish political terminology into English (or any other language since the tenets of this method are universal and can be applied to any pair of languages). The translation procedure is based on findings of Barbara Z. Kielar. We also present the classification of equivalents that are obtained after applying the method. This is followed by considerations on the possibility of attaining particular types of terminological equivalence and an appeal that the presented method be applied universally in order to improve the quality of political translations produced in Poland. A sample Polish-English glossary of political terms compiled on the basis of the advocated method is enclosed as the “Appendix”.


Download data is not yet available.

Article Details

How to Cite
Feder, M. (2007). Polish-English Terminological Equivalence in the Language of Politics. Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia, 5, 139-147. Retrieved from https://pressto.amu.edu.pl/index.php/fsp/article/view/10790


  1. Arntz, Reiner. 1993. “Terminological equivalence and translation”, in: Sonneveld and Loening (eds.) 1993: 5-19.
  2. Boothman, Derek. 1983. “Problems of translating political Italian”, in: Incorporated Linguist, vol. 22, no. 4: 179-182.
  3. Kielar, Barbara Z. 1973. Angielskie ekwiwalenty polskich terminów prawno-ustrojowych. Warszawa: PWN.
  4. Kielar, Barbara Z. 1977. Language of the law in the aspect of translation. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa UW.
  5. Newmark, Peter. 1981. Approaches to translation. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  6. Nida, Eugene A. 1964. Toward a Science of Translation. Leiden: E. J. Brill.
  7. Picht, Heribert - Jennifer Draskau. 1985. Terminology. An Introduction. Guildford: The University of Surrey, Department of Linguistic Studies and International Studies.
  8. Sonneveld, Helmi B. - Kurt L. Loening (eds.). 1993. Terminology: Applications in Interdisciplinary Communication. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins.