Pragmatic Features of the English Version of the Peking Gazette Extracts in The Indo-Chinese Gleaner
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2019, Pages: 93-101
Received: Mar. 24, 2019; Accepted: Apr. 27, 2019; Published: May 20, 2019
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Wang Hai, School of Interpreting and Translation Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
Tan Genggeng, School of Interpreting and Translation Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
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Robert Morrison and William Milne regularly selected passages from the Peking Gazette and translated them into English in the English quarterly magazine The Indo-Chinese Gleaner (1817-1822) to help foreigners know about Chinese society. Subsequently, foreigners in China began systematic translation of the Peking Gazette so as to understand China’s actual conditions in the 19th century. In this essay, we studied The Indo-Chinese Gleaner from the perspective of the Peking Gazette extracts, as there has been no systematic and content-based research on The Indo-Chinese Gleaner. We found that there are pragmatic features in the English version of the Peking Gazette extracts in The Indo-Chinese Gleaner: standards in selecting the passages from the Peking Gazette, translation structures, unique translation strategies and techniques, cross-cultural comments and so on. English newspapers in China which imitate the example and model of The Indo-Chinese Gleaner in translation of the Peking Gazette include The Chinese Repository, The Cycle, The China Mail, The Hong Kong Daily Press, The North China Herald and The North China Daily News. Also, we explored the role of translation of the Peking Gazette in cultural communication and diplomacy in the 19th century, as well as the academic value of The Indo-Chinese Gleaner and its Peking Gazette extracts, so as to provide new ideas for the study of Sino-Foreign cultural exchanges and Chinese translation history throughout the 19th century.
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Wang Hai, Tan Genggeng, Pragmatic Features of the English Version of the Peking Gazette Extracts in The Indo-Chinese Gleaner, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 3, 2019, pp. 93-101. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190703.11
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