A corpus-analysis study of news translation: based on a comparison of Chinese and English Web newspaper texts

Liu, Rong (2009) A corpus-analysis study of news translation: based on a comparison of Chinese and English Web newspaper texts. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The present study is a corpus-analysis of news translation based on a comparison of Chinese and English Web newspaper texts. The corpus consists of both a parallel component, pairs of Chinese source news texts and English target news texts, and a comparable component, original English news texts of similar domain and size. Chapter 2 presents the broad context of corpus-based translation studies and translation in global news. The construction of parallel and comparable sub-corpora is laid out in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 is a detailed analysis of the parallel and comparable sub-corpora. The parallel sub-corpus, built in ParaConc, offers an analysis of the nature of news translation by comparing the source and target texts at paragraph, sentence and lexical level. Based on the statistical information generated by WordSmith Tools, the comparable sub-corpus provides indications of features of translation by comparing the translated texts with the non-translated texts. It is found from the parallel sub-corpus that considerable evidence of adaptation can be identified during the translation process, i.e. deleting redundant information or adding background information to adjust to the expectations and needs of the target readers. In the comparable sub-corpus, some evidence was found to support the hypothesis of simplification with respect to lexical variety, but the hypotheses regarding information load, especially with respect to average sentence lengths, were not confirmed in this corpus study. The comparable sub-corpus can also display differences between the translational and non-translational in terms of the style of English news writing.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/748

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