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Institutional power in and behind discourse A case study of SARS notices and their translations used in Macao
Meifang Zhang1; Hanting Pan2
2015-09
Source PublicationTARGET-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSLATION STUDIES
ISSN1569-9986
Volume27Issue:3Pages:387-405
Abstract

This article takes a critical approach to the study of the SARS notices and their translations from the perspective of discourse analysis. Drawing upon the insights of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and critical discourse analysis (CDA), this study explores how language is used by different governmental institutions in shaping their social power and hierarchy. By conducting a comparative study of the SARS notices and their translations, focusing on speech roles, speech functions, modality types and modality orientation, the authors argue that choices made in producing the texts reflect the institutions' social roles and their relationship with each other and with the audience. They also argue that the application of concepts from SFL in detailed text analysis and from CDA in the overall discussion may better reveal how different models of discourse analysis can supplement each other and be applied to translation studies.

KeywordDiscourse Analysis Translation Studies Language Power
DOI10.1075/target.27.3.04zha
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaLinguistics
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000368253100005
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Arts and Humanities
Corresponding AuthorMeifang Zhang
Affiliation1.University of Macau
2.Sun Yat-Sen University
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Meifang Zhang,Hanting Pan. Institutional power in and behind discourse A case study of SARS notices and their translations used in Macao[J]. TARGET-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSLATION STUDIES,2015,27(3):387-405.
APA Meifang Zhang,&Hanting Pan.(2015).Institutional power in and behind discourse A case study of SARS notices and their translations used in Macao.TARGET-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSLATION STUDIES,27(3),387-405.
MLA Meifang Zhang,et al."Institutional power in and behind discourse A case study of SARS notices and their translations used in Macao".TARGET-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSLATION STUDIES 27.3(2015):387-405.
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