Application of Communicative Translation Theory in Popular Science Translation: A Case Study of Astrophysical Text

Shuyan WANG, Haiqing ZUO


Over the years, with the increasing depletion of the earth’s resources, the habitable environment for humans has been shrinking. Countries all over the world are paying more and more attention to the exploration of outer space, which is advancing the development of Astrophysics step by step. This paper takes Astrophysics popular science book—From Quarks to Quasars: the Science of Space at Its Strangest—as the source text, analyzes the translation text regarding Zuo Anpu’s version, guided by Newmark’s communicative translation theory, discusses the translation methods and skills of technical terms, semi-technical words, special sentences and common sentences patterns in scientific and technological texts. It is hoped that this study will help future translations of astrophysical science works to achieve the same reading effect for readers of the target language as for readers of the original language, to help the public better understand astrophysics and awaken readers’ interest in exploring it.



Exploration of outer space; Astrophysical translation; Communicative translation theory; Newmark

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