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Translating Tagore's Stray Birds into Chinese
Applying Systemic Functional Linguistics to Chinese Poetry Translation

ISBN 9780367415464
Published December 28, 2020 by Routledge
194 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Translating Tagore’s ‘Stray Birds’ into Chinese explores the choices in poetry translation in light of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and illustrates the ways in which readers can achieve a deeper understanding of translated works in English and Chinese.

Focusing on Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Stray Birds’, a collection of elegant and philosophical poems, as a source text, Ma and Wang analyse four Chinese target texts by Zheng Zhenduo, Yao Hua, Lu Jinde and Feng Tang and consider their linguistic complexities through SFL. This book analyses the source text and the target texts from the perspectives of the four strata of language, including graphology, phonology, lexicogrammar and context.

Ideal for researchers and academics of SFL, Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Discourse Analysis, Translating Tagore’s ‘Stray Birds’ into Chinese provides an in-depth exploration of SFL and its emerging prominence in the field of Translation Studies.

Table of Contents





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Chapter 1 Delineating the specificity of poetry translation

1.1 Understanding poetry

1.2 Translators’ perspectives on poetry translation

1.3 A survey of recent studies on poetry translation

Chapter 2 Demystifying translation as recreation of meaning through choice

2.1 Matthiessen’s conceptualization of translation

2.2 Stray Birds and its four Chinese translations

2.3 Analytical framework and data size

Chapter 3 Translation on the expression plane of language: Graphological and phonological choices

3.1 Analysis of graphological choices

3.2 Analysis of phonological choices

3.3 Summary

Chapter 4 Translation on the content plane of language: Lexicogrammatical choices

4.1 Analysis of Theme

4.2 Theme shift

4.3 Analysis of process type

4.4 Process type shift

4.5 Summary

Chapter 5 Contextual considerations in translation: Analyzing field, tenor, and mode

5.1 Contextual analysis of field

5.2 Contextual analysis of tenor

5.3 Contextual analysis of mode

5.4 Contextual analysis and translation shifts

5.5 Summary

Chapter 6 Conclusion: Exploring poetry translation with Systemic Functional Linguistics

6.1 Significance of the study

6.2 Future directions



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Yuanyi Ma and Bo Wang received their doctoral degrees from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Their research interests include Systemic Functional Linguistics, translation studies, discourse analysis and language description. They are co-authors of Lao She’s Teahouse and Its Two English Translations: Exploring Chinese Drama Translation with Systemic Functional Linguistics (Routledge), Systemic Functional Translation Studies: Theoretical Insights and New Directions (Equinox) and Systemic Functional Insights on Language and Linguistics (Springer). Bo Wang is currently Associate Research Fellow from School of International Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, China. Yuanyi Ma is Lecturer from Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology, China.