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Title: Register analysis : an approach to translating style
Authors: Lam, Celceni
Keywords: Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Lam, C. (2021). Register analysis : an approach to translating style. Master's thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: The fuzziness of “style” and the challenges of translating it have preoccupied translators, even before the 18th century Scottish translator Alexander Fraser Tytler stipulated, as one of his principles of translation, that a translator should preserve the style of the source text in their translation. What is style and how can it be translated? This project sets out to answer these questions, using register analysis as an approach to translating the style of writing in This Is What Inequality Looks Like, a collection of essays by Teo You Yenn, Associate Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The source text was chosen for its style, which distinguishes it from typical academic writing, as well as the impact it had on Singaporeans. Register analysis has its roots in Hallidayan systemic functional linguistics and analyses how variation in language use is manifested in the field, tenor and mode i.e. register features of spoken or written communication. This analysis was applied to the first two essays of This Is What Inequality Looks Like and the results of the analysis were used to guide the translation. A further analysis was done to uncover differences between the register features of the source text and the translation and to examine the reasons for these differences. The analyses revealed that the author’s choices in the field, tenor and mode of the source text helped define the style of the book: personal yet inclusive; subjective yet objective; informative yet expressive. This style was largely replicable in the translation, with adaptations to suit target language norms and meet target reader needs.
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