Legal Translation of Divorce Contracts in Iraq and the USA: A Comparative Study

Alan Hoshyar Azaldin¹ & Iman Hamza Othman² & Rfaai Rashid Mohammad ³

Erbil Polytechnic University, EPU, Erbil, Iraq

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   The following study investigated the meaning and implication of Language for Specific Purposes translation (LSP) and application of LSP in legal texts. It first draws on different accounts regarding the meaning of LSP and it then moves to define legal texts. After that, the importance of text corpora in the understanding and analysis of LSP is tackled by drawing on its impotence and application for LSP. The study ends with a comparative account of the American and Arabic marital agreements by analyzing two actual samples of divorce contracts.

Keywords: LSP, Legal text, Translation, Legal Language