Konkurskarantæne - hvordan oversætter man det? En terminologisk analyse af udvalgte termer inden for dansk insolvensret med særligt fokus pa konkurskarantæne set i forhold til en engelsk og en global målgruppe

Merethe Pals Vermund

Student thesis: Master thesis


In January 2014 alterations to the Danish Insolvency Act came into force, containing new rules regarding konkurskarantcene (disqualification for unfitness), in an attempt to fight cases regarding the Phoenix syndrome/serial failings. Translations of the new terminology regarding konkurskarantcene is at present not incorporated in bilingual dictionaries or reference books, which makes translation of these terms into English problematic. There is therefore a need to examine how these terms can be translated. Sarcevic This thesis sets out to comparatively examine Danish and English insolvency law with special focus on konkurskarantcene, which forms the foundation for a terminological analysis of selected Danish and English terms and their intension, in order to be able to determine how these terms can be translated most effectively. In addition to finding appropriate translations for an English target group, I have established how to translate these terms into a Global English by identifying which translation strategies should be suitably used when translating to a global target group. A problem arises when a translated text should be made for a target group that is internationally diverse and consists of people coming from various legal cultures, because which target legal culture should one address the translation to? Seven Danish terms were selected to undergo the terminological analysis resulting in translation proposals for both target groups on the basis of discussions on equivalence and strategies. In the analysis, I found partial equivalence between most of these Danish terms and their English equivalents, to varying degrees, and predominantly differences between the Danish and English terms were found although mainly on a structural level. Alternative translation strategies were therefore suggested for both target groups. A discussion of these proposals and their strategies established a slight tendency to enhanced use of neutral target language-oriented equivalents and source language-oriented translation strategies for a global target group, as opposed to the more distinct use (or re-use) of functional equivalents as well as neutral target language-oriented equivalents for an English target group. It can therefore be concluded that choosing which translation strategy to use depends on the target group.

EducationsMA in International Business Communication (Intercultural Marketing), (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages105