A Corpus-Based Study of Nominalization in Translations of by Yu Hou

By Yu Hou

This corpus-based examine investigates using nominalization in English translations of chinese language literary prose throughout the research of 3 English models of the chinese language novel Hong Lou Meng (Dream of the purple Chamber).
earlier stories have explored the relevance of the cultural and linguistic positioning of alternative translators, yet to date no corpus-based learn of nominalization has been undertaken relating to translator type. This e-book makes use of quantitative and qualitative analyses of the nominalized remodel of finite verbal varieties in 3 Chinese-to-English translations to tell apart among translator kinds, concluding that nominalization is a key identifier in translations.
This e-book offers a entire photograph of using nominalization in English translations of chinese language literary prose and, extra mostly, encourages additional learn into nominalization in translation.

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Although Vinay and Darbelnet (1995) [1958] first introduced explicitation and implicitation as two stylistic translation techniques, it is Klaudy (2001) who, illuminated by Blum-Kulka’s explicitation hypothesis, proposed the asymmetry hypothesis based on their asymmetrical operations at both lexical and grammatical levels. This asymmetry hypothesis is of great significance in that it has enriched and developed the research of explicitation by exploring not only ‘translation directionality and processes of implicitation’ (Pym 2005: 1), but also the asymmetrical relationship between explicitation and implicitation from a higher level of translation universal.

1 Joly’s version The first attempt at a complete translation of HLM bore fruit when the first fifty-six chapters with the title The Dream of the Red Chamber were published in two volumes in 1892–3. This version was done by Bencraft Joly (1857–98), the then British vice-consulate in Macao. According to Joly, his translation effort was suggested not by any pretensions to range [himself] among the ranks of the body of sinologues, but by the perplexities and difficulties experienced by [him] as a student in Peking, when at the completion of Tzu Erh Chi, [he] had to plunge in the maze of Hung Lou Meng.

Chapter 5 is devoted to a comprehensive description and contextual analysis of how nominalization is used in the three versions of HLM. This ← 10 | 11 → description involves how nominalization is used in terms of such syntactic categories as adverbial, in the position of subject and in the position of object. The contextual analysis deals with potential factors triggering its use and its various stylistic effects. Chapter 6 is a chapter of findings and discussion. It starts with a summary of main features of nominalization used in the three versions, followed by a general evaluation of the translators’ styles, and ended by a generalization of factors triggering nominalization in HLM translations.

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