Translation of Onomatopoeia Words in The Republic of Wine From the Perspective of Relevance Theory

Yushan ZHAO, Rui CHEN


The novel The Republic of Wine is one of the masterpieces of Mo Yan with a large number of onomatopoeia words, which are used to make the novel more vivid and interesting. The novel was translated by Howard Goldblatt who conveyed the intention of the author in the original text to Western readers. The translation version is clear and logic which makes readers easy to understand. This paper analyzes the translation of the onomatopoeia words in Mo Yan’s novel The Republic of Wine in the light of Relevance Theory in order to make contribution to the translation of the onomatopoeia words. The method of omission will not change the intention of the author in original text and can make the translation text understandable for readers. Substitution can put correspond English onomatopoeia in the place of the original words in order to help the readers obtain sufficient contextual effects. Paraphrase is used to explain the exact meaning of the original onomatopoeia words.


Relevance Theory; The Republic of Wine; Onomatopoeia words; Translation

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