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Title: A multimodal corpus approach to dialogue interpreting studies in the Chinese context: towards a multi-layer analytic framework
Authors: Gao, Fei
Wang, Binhua
Keywords: Dialogue Interpreting StudiesMultimodal Corpus ApproachMulti-layer Analytic FrameworkEnglish-Chinese language pair
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Fei Gao, Binhua Wang, "A multimodal corpus approach to dialogue interpreting studies in the Chinese context: towards a multi-layer analytic framework", in: The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 22 (2017), Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2017, pp. 17-38
Analysing both linguistic and non-linguistic strata in dialogue interpreting (DI) studies
sheds new light on the dynamic interaction where meanings are also constructed both
verbally and non-verbally. Most existing literature in DI has focused on linguistic description,
calling for the need to explore interpretative and explanatory frontiers. DI between
English and Chinese involves linguistic and cultural complexities; albeit they impose significant
difficulties, these complications provide useful data for analysis beyond description
as the multimodal semiotic resources of DI work in an integrated entirety. Underpinned
by the stratification theory in Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), we propose
a multi-layer analytic framework (MAF) that integrates with the multimodal approach
to DI, empowers the corpus techniques and enables DI researchers to investigate the ‘how’
and ‘why’ questions cross-modally, in particular when distant language pairs (such as
English and Chinese) entail investigation into visual and contextual data. This article,
though exploratory in nature, raises important methodological issues for future DI studies
involving linguistically and culturally distant languages.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1591-4127
eISSN: 2421-714X
DOI: 10.13137/2421-714X/20736
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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