TRNS5003 Corpus-based Translation Studies

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The introduction of empirical databases and methodologies to the disciplines of Linguistics and Translation Studies has given rise to a rapidly growing discipline known as corpus-based translation studies. This theoretical and practical unit explores important concepts in Corpus Linguistics (CL) and Corpus-Based Translation Studies (CBTS). The methodology used in CL and CBTS entails the construction of translation databases, linguistic annotation of translation databases, quantitative exploration and qualitative analysis of translation corpora, which lie at the heart of the development of empirical translation research. Students develop useful analytical skills for the study of translational language and learn to apply relevant analytical frameworks in the study of translation such as translation stylistics, translation universal laws and norms. The insights gained into translational language help students to develop appropriate translation strategies in practical translation.
Students are able to (1) be conversant with key concepts and methodologies used in corpus-based translation studies, the historical development of the discipline and its relation with other branches of translation studies; (2) acquire essential skills of the construction and annotation of translation and parallel corpora; (3) develop essential quantitative and qualitative skills in the analysis of translation databases; (4) develop a corpus-based translation project and use computational software to identify new patterns in translations; and (5) apply relevant translation theories to critically analyse textual/linguistic patterns detected in translation and parallel corpora.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) a corpus-based translation project; and (3) a laboratory-based end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Prof. Helene Jaccomard
Contact hours
13 contact hours and 13 on-line hours
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