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Indeterminacy, Multivalence and Disjointed Translation

Author/Editor: Jiang, Xiaohua

Year of publication: 2010

Keywords: Indeterminacy; translation; classical Chinese poetry

Place of Publication & Publisher: Target (Amsterdam: John Benjamins), 22(2), 2010: 331-346

Publisher URL: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jbp/targ

ISBN/ISSN: 0924-1884

Publication blurb:

One of the most prominent linguistic features of classical Chinese poetry is syntacticindeterminacy, which brings about multivalence, i.e. multiplicity of connotation, and poses a great problem as well as daunting challenge to Chinese-English translators, for English is basically a language with syntactic determinacy. This paper examines two aspects of indeterminacy involved in classical Chinese poetry, arguing that ‘disjointed translation’is probably the most inspiring way tocope with Chinese syntactic indeterminacy. 

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