A Review on Textless Back Translation of China-Themed Works Written in English

Qingyin TU, Changbao LI

Abstract


Textless back translation here refers to the kind of back translation in which the translator retranslates China-themed works written in English language back into Chinese language. In recent years, the phenomenon of textless back translation has begun to draw a closer attention from the academic circles and arouse heated discussions among scholars and experts. This paper, starting from back translation, aims to review the previous studies on textless back translation of China-themed works written in English in terms of definition, classification as well as related studies both at home and abroad. Furthermore, authors of the paper attempt to propose several deficiencies that need to be tackled in future studies: (a) inconsistent use of terms; (b) the lack of comparative studies between textless back translation and back translation in general; (c) the lack of systematic theoretical studies on textless back translation and the studies that treat textless back translation as a separate category of translation studies.

 


Keywords


Textless back translation; Back translation; China-themed works written in English

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