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Article: The crisis of representation in translating bilingual texts: A social semiotic perspective

TitleThe crisis of representation in translating bilingual texts: A social semiotic perspective
Authors
KeywordsCode-switching
Crisis of representation
Language ideology
Social semiotic
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rmps20#.VNJN7vldVPM
Citation
Perspectives: Studies In Translatology, 2011, v. 19 n. 2, p. 95-108 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article adopts a social semiotic approach to the study of the function of code-switching in bilingual literary texts and the problems associated with the translation of such texts. Based on an analysis of a Singaporean Chinese short story and its English translation, the article hypothesises that in cases when a source text introduces a foreign language in order to expose a power relationship, this central argument of the source text will often be lost if the text is translated into the embedded foreign language. It first argues that such translation will lead to a homogenisation of traces of bilingualism in the source text, thus reversing the indexical relations between the two language codes in question. It is then proposed that from the discoursal perspective, the attitudinal meaning of the bilingual text may be negated in translation, thus leading to a paradoxical situation whereby a language representing the 'Other' in the source text is being used against itself in the target text. The article also suggests that this translational problem, rather than being an obstacle, can become an asset to the teaching of intercultural communication. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159093
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.453
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationPerspectives: Studies In Translatology, 2011, v. 19 n. 2, p. 95-108en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis article adopts a social semiotic approach to the study of the function of code-switching in bilingual literary texts and the problems associated with the translation of such texts. Based on an analysis of a Singaporean Chinese short story and its English translation, the article hypothesises that in cases when a source text introduces a foreign language in order to expose a power relationship, this central argument of the source text will often be lost if the text is translated into the embedded foreign language. It first argues that such translation will lead to a homogenisation of traces of bilingualism in the source text, thus reversing the indexical relations between the two language codes in question. It is then proposed that from the discoursal perspective, the attitudinal meaning of the bilingual text may be negated in translation, thus leading to a paradoxical situation whereby a language representing the 'Other' in the source text is being used against itself in the target text. The article also suggests that this translational problem, rather than being an obstacle, can become an asset to the teaching of intercultural communication. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rmps20#.VNJN7vldVPMen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofPerspectives: Studies in Translatologyen_HK
dc.subjectCode-switchingen_HK
dc.subjectCrisis of representationen_HK
dc.subjectLanguage ideologyen_HK
dc.subjectSocial semioticen_HK
dc.titleThe crisis of representation in translating bilingual texts: A social semiotic perspectiveen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLee, TK: leetk@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0907676X.2010.481362en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume19en_HK
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dc.identifier.spage95en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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