Translator Behavior Criticism---Ten Years in China
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation
Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages: 24-28
Received: Feb. 12, 2020; Accepted: Feb. 27, 2020; Published: Mar. 10, 2020
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Binghui Li, School of English Language, Literature and Culture, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing, China
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Translator behavior criticism theory is regarded as one of the main current translation studies theory in China. It is proposed by Professor Zhou Lingshun in 2010 and now it has been for 10 years. In 2014, he made his proposals clearly in two of his influential books. After that, this theory has drawn a lot of attention from the academic circle and the number of related articles on it is increasing year by year. This article starts from changes of the role of translator and translator’s position as the center, which provides the background for this theory. Then it moves on to make clear the main proposals and practice of this theory, especially his “truth-seeking and utility attaining” continuum mode of evaluation. Through this continuum mode, one can measure the degree of rationality of a translator’s behavior by taking various factors into consideration, and then the evaluation of the translated version. This theory provides a new perspective on translation by combining translator’s behavior with translation. But in practice, some scholars also questioned the manipulability of his continuum mode. So in the end, this article talks about the significance and limitations of this theory. His theory is a breakthrough in translation studies, but still needs to be further polished.
Translator Behavior Criticism, Truth-seeking, Utility-attaining, Cultural Turn, Translator
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Binghui Li, Translator Behavior Criticism---Ten Years in China, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2020, pp. 24-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20200601.14
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