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Teaching Translation in Contexts : With Special Reference to the Social Context of Macao

Centre for Translation (January 21, 2014)

SEMINAR SERIES : Translation seminar series

MAJOR SPEAKER : Zhang, Meifang
LENGTH : 74 min.
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SUMMARY : Socio-cultural context is an important aspect in the study of language and translation, because the three, namely, context, language and translation are inextricably linked. This paper attempts to discuss the translation of different text types which are functioning in the social contexts of Macao and other areas of China. It tries to deduce about the contexts in which the ST and TT were produced, the purpose for which they were produced, and the target reader for whom they were produced. The study is carried out in the light of functionalist theories of the German School and the Hallidayan systemic functional linguistics. Examples for the analysis are extracted from the database for teaching and research built up by the present author. Case analysis is intended also to show how to apply the functional theories to the practice of English-Chinese translation teaching, and to discuss how the acquisition of competence for text analysis and for translation can be improved through actual translation practice guided by these functional theories.  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]

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