A Probe into Translation Strategies from Relevance Perspective—Direct Translation and Indirect Translation

Dong XI


This thesis focuses on Gutt’s notion of relevance-theoretic account of translation. Through the examination of a number of cases of literary translation, it aims to clarify some of the misunderstandings about relevance theory and prove this theory can provide an adequate interpretation of translation as cross-cultural and interlingual communication.

Key words: Relevance theory; Processing cost; Contextual effect; Direct translation; Indirect translation


Relevance theory; Processing cost; Contextual effect; Direct translation; Indirect translation


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720120806.9252


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