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Corpus Methodologies Explained
An empirical approach to translation studies

ISBN 9780367133870
Published September 27, 2018 by Routledge
244 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book introduces the latest advances in Corpus-Based Translation Studies (CBTS), a thriving subfield of Translation Studies which forms an important part of both translator training and empirical translation research. Largely empirical and exploratory, a distinctive feature of CBTS is the development and exploration of quantitative linguistic data in search of useful patterns of variation and change in translation. With the introduction of textual statistics to Translation Studies, CBTS has geared towards a new research direction that is more systematic in the identification of translation patterns; and more explanatory of any linguistic variations identified in translations. The book traces the advances from the advent of language corpora in translation studies, to the new textual dimensions and shift towards a probability-variation model. Such advances made in CBTS have enabled in-depth analyses of translation by establishing useful links between a translation and the social and cultural context in which the translation is produced, circulated and consumed.

Table of Contents

1. Early Empirical Studies of Translation – Prior to the Advent of Language Corpora  2. Language Corpora and Theoretical Advances of Corpus-Based Translation Studies  3. Corpus Exploration of New Textual Dimensions in Translations  4. Shift towards a Probability-Variation Model for Theoretical Translation Studies  5. Conclusion

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Meng Ji is Associate Professor at the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney.

Lidun Hareide is Researcher at Møreforsking Volda, Norway.

Defeng Li is Professor of Translational Studies at the University of Macau, China.

Michael Oakes is Reader in Computational Linguistics at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.


"An invaluable contribution to the study of the product and process of translation through corpora and a very useful resource for descriptive and applied research alike."

- Sara Laviosa

"Corpus Methodologies Explained is an impressive and inspiring book for those interested in corpus-informed translation studies."

- Feng (Robin) Wang and Philippe Humble (College of Foregin Languages, Jilin University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)