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A Corpus-Based Study of Nominalization in Translations of Chinese Literary Prose

Three Versions of "Dream of the Red Chamber</I>


Yu Hou

This corpus-based study investigates the use of nominalization in English translations of Chinese literary prose through the analysis of three English versions of the Chinese novel Hong Lou Meng ( Dream of the Red Chamber).
Previous studies have explored the relevance of the cultural and linguistic positioning of different translators, but thus far no corpus-based study of nominalization has been undertaken in relation to translator style. This book uses quantitative and qualitative analyses of the nominalized transform of finite verbal forms in three Chinese-to-English translations to distinguish between translator styles, concluding that nominalization is a key identifier in translations.
This book provides a comprehensive picture of the use of nominalization in English translations of Chinese literary prose and, more generally, encourages further study into nominalization in translation.
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Chapter 8: Conclusions




8.1 Overview

This study has made a corpus-based, linguistic, descriptive and explanatory examination of nominalization in English translations of Chinese literary prose works mainly based on the three English versions of the eighteen-century Chinese novel Hong Long Meng.

This study was theoretically motivated by the under-balanced workings of explicitation and implicitation in translation. Explicitation, as a potential candidate for the status of translation universals, has been claimed as ‘one of the most thoroughly studied phenomena in translation studies’ (Perego 2003: 68). Implicitation, however, was treated as a stepbrother of explicitation in the sense that it was mentioned incidentally and only limited research has been undertaken with it as a main objective of study.

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