Structure of Meaning (SOM): towards a three-dimensional perspective on translating between Chinese and English
Zhu, Chunshen (1993) Structure of Meaning (SOM): towards a three-dimensional perspective on translating between Chinese and English. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The introductory first chapter begins with a brief survey, of translation in the pre-linguistics period. It holds that comparativeness and comparison should be the foundation of translation studies. The model of Structure of Meaning (SOM) is thus created by incorporating and extending the two three-dimensional models provided by systemic-functional grammar and speech act theory. It consists of three dimensions of linguistic composition, interactional dynamic and aesthetic impact, for the analysis of the SL text, for the creation of the TL text in translation, and for the comparison of the two in translation studies.
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