ON TRANSLATED PLAGIARISM IN ACADEMIC DISCOURSE
DOI https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.20.2.1 ☍
Author: Diana Yankova
Affiliation: New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Cross-language plagiarism is increasingly being accorded the interest of academics, but it is still an underresearched area. Rather than displaying linguistic similarity or identity of lexemes, phrases or grammatical structures within one language, translated plagiarism is viewed as the theft of ideas involving two languages. Two instances of translated plagiarism will be discussed - lifting a text from language A, translating it in language B to reuse it as one’s own text, and back-translation: lifting a text verbatim from language A, translating into language B and then re-translating back into language A. The emphasis will be on non-standard structures and inappropriate linguistic choices violating source language norms which could go some way towards assisting in the detection of translated plagiarism, a task heretofore not resolved either by linguists or by computer specialists. The topic is of seminal importance to non-English speaking academic contexts.
Keywords: academic plagiarism, back-translation, translated plagiarism, illegal text lifting detection
Received: 24 June 2020;
Reviewed: 29 July 2020;
Revised: 8 December 2020;
Accepted: 9 December 2020;
Published: 20 December 2020
Yankova, D. (2020). On Translated Plagiarism in Academic Discourse. English Studies at NBU, 6(2), 189-200. https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.20.2.1 ☍
This study was financed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, as part of a larger project entitled “Text Plagiarism in the Social Sciences vis-à-vis Ethical Aspects and Common Practices” and realized within the framework of the Research Group Linkage Programme of the foundation in the period 01.01.2017 – 30.06.2018. Ref. 3.4 – 1062413 – BGR – IP.
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