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Systemic Functional Translation Studies

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This book offers a comprehensive account of Systemic Functional Translation Studies (SFTS) — a research area that applies Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) to study translation, and to relate researches by scholars in the community of both SFL and translation studies. The important trends as well as contributions in SFTS are summarised. Various topics in SFTS are covered in the six chapters of this book, including the basic issues and concepts in SFTS; the relationship between SFTS, the cognate functional approaches, translation studies and translation practice; SFTS and different modes of meaning; registerial variation and SFTS; technologies and SFTS as well as a future outlook on SFTS.

The objectives of this book include to provide a comprehensive introduction to SFTS; to relate SFTS to translation studies; to summarise the important contributions and limitations of SFTS; and to offer directions for future researches in SFTS, reflecting on what is currently missing from the SFL theory.

Published: Jun 22, 2021


Section Chapter Authors
List of Tables Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
List of Figures Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Abbreviations and Symbols Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Abbreviations for Interlinear Glossing Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Acknowledgements Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Foreword Erich Steiner
Introduction Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Chapter 1
What is Systemic Functional Translation Studies? Ma Yuanyi, Wang Bo
Chapter 2
The Environments of Translation Ma Yuanyi, Wang Bo
Chapter 3
Systemic Functional Translation Studies and the Metafunctional Modes of Meaning Ma Yuanyi, Wang Bo
Chapter 4
Register and Systemic Functional Translation Studies Ma Yuanyi, Wang Bo
Chapter 5
Technology-based Approaches in Systemic Functional Translation Studies Ma Yuanyi, Wang Bo
Chapter 6
Current Situation and Future Direction of Systemic Functional Translation Studies Ma Yuanyi, Wang Bo
End Matter
Notes Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Bibliography Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Sources of Some Examples Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Index Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma


There is currently no monograph available in English that would attempt an up-to-date outline and a conceptual map of Systemic Functional Translation Studies on the one hand, and that would do so with particular acknowledgement of recent contributions by scholars from China on the other, where Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong are among lively centres of activity for systemic-functionally based work on translation.

Bo Wang and Yuanyi Ma are scholars with backgrounds in Chinese linguistics and translation studies, but also, and importantly, with expertise in translating and in translation evaluation. Their book is primarily aimed at researchers and students, but I am sure that translators looking for some methodological underpinnings of their professional practice will find much that is of interest to them.
From the Introduction by Erich Steiner, Professor of English Translation Studies, Saarland University