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Theoretical Explorations in Translation Studies

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As a collection of eight contributions drawing on full-fledged SFL to translation studies, the book includes studies that centre on the theoretical and methodological framework, with instances of translation between different languages being treated as illustrations of phenomena that arise in translation rather than as empirical evidence forming part of a large-scale study. Arranged chronologically to reflect the development of ideas, the eight chapters are all written by Halliday and Matthiessen and are based on Hallidayan SFL rather than other “variants” of SFL. The chapters can all be characterized as text-based, meaning-oriented, system-oriented and metafunctional. They involve different aspects of language operating in context of culture, serving to explore the notion of translation as recreation of meaning in context.

Published: Nov 1, 2024

Section Chapter Authors
Introduction Christian Matthiessen, Bo Wang, Yuanyi Ma
Front Matter
Personal Note Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 1
Towards a Theory of Good Translation M.A.K. Halliday †
Chapter 2
The Environments of Translation Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 3
Multilingual Studies as a Multi-dimensional Space of Interconnected Language Studies Christian Matthiessen, Kazuhiro Teruya, Canzhong Wu
Chapter 4
The Gloosy Ganoderm: Systemic Functional Linguistics and Translation M.A.K. Halliday †
Chapter 5
Pinpointing the Choice: Meaning and the Search for Equivalents in a Translated Text M.A.K. Halliday †
Chapter 6
Choice in Translation: Metafunctional Considerations Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 7
The Notion of a Multilingual Meaning Potential: A Systemic Exploration Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 8
Translation, Multilingual Text Production and Cognition Viewed in Terms of Systemic Functional Linguistics Christian Matthiessen