A Map for the Research in the Present Life and After Life of Descriptive Translation Studies: A Review of Descriptive Translation Studies and Beyond

Xiyao HONG

Abstract


Descriptive Translation Studies and Beyond (2004), a book written by Gideon Toury, one of the most important members of Manipulative School of translation studies, has systematically elaborated on the main theoretical ideas of descriptive translation studies. The present paper is to analyze the theory and to make some discussions with respect to both its merits and defects — especially regarding its starting point and its methodological approach, through which the present paper intends to point out that Toury’s research is on the whole significant in that it inaugurates the turn of translatology from prescriptive studies to descriptive studies, and provides a framework for the research in the present life and after life of descriptive translation studies.


Keywords


Descriptive translation studies; Basic theoretical ideas; Theoretical merits and defects

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n

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