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Book: Systemic Functional Translation Studies

Chapter: The Environments of Translation

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.36935


Chapter 2 outlines Matthiessen’s (2001) environments of translation, providing accounts of the six dimensions of the environments, i.e. stratification, instantiation, metafunction, rank, delicacy, and axis. Examples are given to illustrate how these dimensions work in the process of translation. We also relate translation equivalence and translation shift to the dimensions.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ma Yuanyi ( - myuanyi) 'Hong Kong Polytechnic University'
  • Wang Bo ( - bowang) 'Sun Yat-sen University, China'