Metaphors of translation

Zaixi TAN*

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The study described in the present article investigates Chinese and Western metaphors of translation that have appeared since antiquity and which illustrate the central role of metaphors in descriptions of translation. The article discusses more than 270 Chinese and English language metaphors from descriptive as well as diachronic and synchronic points of view. It analyses the issues metaphors give rise to, and offers in-depth analyses and discussions of how metaphors can provide us with insights on the ways in which we see translation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-54
Number of pages15
JournalPerspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese metaphors
  • Chinese-English
  • History of translation
  • Images of translation
  • Metaphors of translation
  • Western metaphors


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