Oral translator's "traces" in the Chinese co-translation of David Copperfield

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A feature in the translation history of China in the early 20th century was the collaboration between a Chinese monolingual and a bilingual in a large-scale translation of Western fiction. Such a collaboration pattern lasted for almost two decades before the emergence of the New Cultural Movement in the 1920s. The partnership of Lin Shu (1852-1924} (a prominent “monolingual” translator) and Wei Yi (1880-1933) (one of Lin Shu's oral translators) lasted for nine years, during which they translated over forty English novels into Chinese. Through textual analyses of their co-translation of Charles Dickens's David Copperfield in 1908, this article will reveal the traces of the oral translator in the translated text in three aspects: annotations; transliteration and code-mixing; and explication of implicit information in the original.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranslation and Meaning, Part 7 : Proceedings of the Maastricht session of the 4th International Maastricht-Łódź Duo Colloquium on "Translation and Meaning", held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, 18-21 May 2005
PublisherZuyd University
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789080103962
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


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