An Empirical Study on Abstract Translation of MA Theses by English Majors: Based on the MA Theses From 5 Universities in Jiangxi Province

Yuying LI, Wandi HU


The abstract is an exercise of intelligence, an abbreviated, concise, accurate representation of the thesis, and so is the translation, or the English version of the Chinese abstract, as far as the MA theses are concerned. The study is an empirical research of abstract translation of MA theses by English majors from 5 universities in Jiangxi Province. By spotting and categorizing the common mistakes in the English abstracts of the theses, the study proposes some countermeasures to minimize the deficiency in abstract translation, in the hope that the approach taken in this study could show potential for further research and pedagogic applications.


Abstract translation; Common mistakes; countermeasures; Pedagogic applications

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