9. Translation as Re-instantiation: An Investigation of Verbal Projection

Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk

Hailing Yu [+-]
Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies, Hunan University
Hailing Yu got her PhD from the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australia in 2017. Since then, she has been working as assistant professor in the School of Foreign Languages and International Studies, Hunan University, China. Her research interests cover translation studies, systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis and the spread of Chan Buddhism across languages and cultures. She has been working on different translations of the Platform Sutra since 2009, and her publications appear in journals such as Target, Social Semiotics, Functional Linguistics and New Voices in Translation Studies.
Canzhong Wu [+-]
Macquarie University
Dr Canzhong Wu is Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Language in Social Life, in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. His research interests include translation studies, systemic functional linguistics, corpus linguistics and computer-assisted learning and teaching. He has developed a range of computational tools for discourse analysis and corpus-based studies.

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Following the concept of translation as re-instantiation, this chapter investigates how verbal projection in a Buddhist text written in literary Chinese (1291) is re-instantiated in four English translations (1930, 1977, 1998 and 2011). More specifically, it looks into the actual manifestations of verbal projection in the source text and its English translations, and examines what part of the systemic potential is instantiated and re-instantiated, and for what consideration. The significance of this study lies in its attempt to expand the application of systemic functional linguistics to the translation of literary Chinese, a language that was used for almost all formal writing in China until the early twentieth century.

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Yu, Hailing; Wu, Canzhong. 9. Translation as Re-instantiation: An Investigation of Verbal Projection. Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jun 2021. ISBN 9781800500044. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40634. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40634. Jun 2021

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