How different is translated Chinese from native Chinese? A corpus-based study of translation universals

R. Xiao

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

36 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Corpus-based translation studies focus on translation as a product by comparing comparable corpora of translational and non-translational texts. A number of distinctive features of translational English in relation to native English have been uncovered. Nevertheless, research of this area has so far been confined largely to translational English translated from closely related European languages. If the features of translational language that have been reported on the basis of translated English are to be generalized as 'translation universals', it is of vital importance to find supporting evidence from non-European languages. Clearly, evidence from "genetically" distinct language pairs such as English and Chinese is arguably more convincing, if not indispensable. This article explores potential features of translational Chinese on the basis of two balanced monolingual comparable corpora of translated and native Mandarin Chinese. The implications of the study for translation universal hypotheses are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-35
JournalInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'How different is translated Chinese from native Chinese? A corpus-based study of translation universals'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this