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By Yun Xia

Normalization in Translation: Corpus-Based Diachronic study into Twentieth-Century English-Chinese Fictional Translation presents a accomplished description of translation norms in various historic contexts in twentieth-century China. Drawing on a corpus technique, this e-book adopts a socio-historical method of translation experiences from a diachronic point of view, evaluating translated and non-translated fictional texts from old classes to systematically discover the difference of normalization throughout time, and to focus on the social importance of translation actions by way of contextualizing the examine results.The e-book contains particular discussions of diachronic corpus building, linguistic manifestations of normalization, adjustments in translation norms, and socio-cultural constraints for those adjustments. It expands the scope of prior reviews and indicates how translation experiences can enjoy the use of a corpus technique through delivering a proof, now not easily an outline, of ways adjustments in translation habit have turn up. This booklet might be of curiosity to scholars on classes in translation and intercultural reviews, in addition to researchers drawn to the components of translation reviews, corpus linguistics and contrastive stories of English and chinese language.

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As for the unusual collocations, only 22% are normalized, and the percentage rises to 33% if repeated idiosyncrasies are not included in the count. The study reveals a small set of 28 Chapter Two exceptionally “creative” renderings standing out against the predominantly conventionalized wording of the overall translated corpus. Thus, Kenny’s study presents evidence of lexical normalization in translation and of non-normalization too, suggesting that normalization may apply in particular to lexis in the source text, and that certain translators may be more inclined to normalize than others.

Systematic diachronic and synchronic research that is methodologically and theoretically sound can gradually unravel the intricate network of relationships that underlie the specificity and regularities, the diversity and uniformity of translational phenomena across languages and cultures (Laviosa 2004: 12). 2). Studies based on monolingual comparable Corpus Methodology in Translation Studies 33 corpora follow from a target-language perspective developed by Toury (1980, 1995), and have focused on investigation of features or universals of translation, employing such parameters as sentence length, lexical variety, ratio of content words to function words, or more specific patterns of use of (semi-)grammatical and lexical features.

However, as a bidirectional parallel corpus, GCEPC has also been employed in influential work in studies on features of translational Chinese. Studies on normalization as a norm-induced feature and its variation across times necessarily requires a diachronic translation corpus, without which it would not be possible to discern changes in translation behavior across times. However, due to difficulties in data collection, there are only a few diachronic corpora constructed for linguistic studies.

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