Language Transformation in Interpretation Between Chinese and English

Xiaoli SONG, Xin WANG


There exist huge differences between Chinese and English, particularly in terms of syntactic structures. In order to have a good transformation between these two languages, interpreters should know the differences and apply the knowledge in the interpretation process. With specific examples, this paper explores the differences between these two languages in the following aspects: hypotaxis in English Vs. parataxis in Chinese; subject-prominent structure in English Vs. topic-prominent structure in Chinese; Preposition of modifiers in Chinese Vs. Postposition of modifiers in English; passive voice in English Vs. active voice in Chinese; compound sentences and complex sentences; cultural context differences between English and Chinese. 


Language transformation; Interpretation; English; Chinese

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