How to Achieve Equivalence, the Eternal Issue in Translation Studies: A Review of In Other Words: A coursebook on translation

Xiyao HONG


Centering on equivalence in different levels/aspects such as lexical equivalence, grammatical equivalence, textual equivalence, pragmatic equivalence, Mona Baker’s In Other Words (1992) addresses some basic and important issues/problems in translation in a systematic way. It is of great value to both vocational and academic translation trainers, translation scholars and practitioners, and the like. The present paper is going to review the main ideas of the book, and give some comments on it by relating it to some Chinese translation issues.


Lexical equivalence; Grammatical equivalence; Textual equivalence; Pragmatic equivalence

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