Cultural Compensation of Translation From the Perspective of Relevance Theory

Jing LIU


This paper analyzes the instruction of the relevance theory for cultural compensation in translation to avoid cultural default. Relevance theory is originated from cognitive linguistics and the translators’ initiatives are crucial to its function. There are several strategies in relevance theory to ensure the translators to find the optimal cultural relevance in translation and make the TL readers to get the equivalent effect with the SL readers.


Cultural default; Cultural compensation; Relevance theory; Initiative

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