The Influence of the Different NP Word Orders in English and Chinese on E-C Translation Instruction

Author/s: Dan Zhang

DOI: 10.12738/estp.2018.5.102 

Year: 2018 Vol: 18 Number: 5


In E-C translation instruction studies, the influence of the sentence length has been extensively explored by the translation theorists. Most of them come to the conclusion that the sentence average length in translational Chinese is longer than that of the original Chinese, but few of them has explained how the long sentences are constructed and why. By comparing the differences in the sentence length and the internal grammatical structures of the long sentences between original Chinese and translational Chinese, this paper will verify the fact that the difference in the orders of the noun modifiers in English and Chinese contributes to the long sentences in translational Chinese, which should be particularly instructed in E-C Translation lessons.

Sentence Length, The Orders of The Noun Modifiers, Translational Chinese

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