Proceedings of the 3rd Annual International Conference on Social Science and Contemporary Humanity Development

On Translation Equivalence from the Perspective of Cultural Gaps

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Lei Dai
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Lei Dai
Available Online September 2017.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/sschd-17.2017.21How to use a DOI?
Keywords
equivalence, translatability, cultural gaps.
Abstract

Translation is intrinsically not only inter-lingual but also intercultural communication. So exploration of how to translate will inevitably touch upon the cultural gaps. In fact, the substantial challenge with translation derives far more from the cultural than the linguistic dimension. Judging from the linguistic viewpoint everything seems translatable. However, intercultural barriers and gaps are sometimes insurmountable with the translator reluctantly omitting the untranslatable part of the source text. This paper thus investigates equivalence, translatability and untranslatability from the perspective of cultural gaps, with the findings that due to the instability of meaning constituted by a myriad of contextual, textual and personal factors, the equivalence identified from a translation act may not be replicated in / applied to other translation acts. The main argument is that equivalence in translation should be dynamic and translatability is only relative in specific contexts.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 3rd Annual International Conference on Social Science and Contemporary Humanity Development
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
September 2017
ISBN
978-94-6252-401-9
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/sschd-17.2017.21How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2017, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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