Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 96-102
The Dominant Cognitive Processing Route in Literary and Subtitle Translation: A Case Study of Wolf Totem
Xiaodong Liu, School of Foreign Studies, Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology, Loudi, China
Xiangyan Zhou, School of Foreign Studies, Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology, Loudi, China
Received: Sep. 8, 2020;       Accepted: Sep. 19, 2020;       Published: Sep. 30, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20200603.17      View  107      Downloads  38
Abstract
This article draws on a neurofunctional theory of bilingual processing and its application to translation to investigate the dominant cognitive processing route in the literary and subtitle translation and also differences of the dominant patterns between the two translation modes, specifically those involving Chinese-English language pairs. This general investigation has two specific aims: 1) to extract the translation strategy patterns at the textual level and 2) to determine the dominant processing route at the cognitive level by linking the strategies to processing routes. Building on naturalistic translational data, a bilingual corpus was self-built; the linguistic features of the translated products were analyzed. The current study analyzes the renderings of Chinese culture-specific items into English. The results suggest that the dominant processing pattern can be identified in both the literary and subtitle translation. Moreover, based on the empirical evidence, it is found that the meaning-based processing route dominates both literary and subtitle translation. This article concludes that the contextual-intentional-conceptual system handles culture-specific concepts through conceptual mediation, which is required in the translation process due to contextual and pragmatic factors. The issue of cognitive processing routes that may take place in the translator’s brain is of significance to translation process research specifically and translation studies in general.
Keywords
Culture-Specific Items, Wolf Totem, Meaning-Based Processing Route, Form-Based Processing Route
To cite this article
Xiaodong Liu, Xiangyan Zhou, The Dominant Cognitive Processing Route in Literary and Subtitle Translation: A Case Study of Wolf Totem, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2020, pp. 96-102. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20200603.17
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