Publication details [#59856]

Pan, Li. 2015. Ideological positioning in news translation. A case study of evaluative resources in reports on China. Target 27 (2) : 215–237.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
John Benjamins
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This article investigates the Chinese translations of several English news reports on China’s human rights issue carried in Reference News, a Chinese authoritative state-run newspaper devoted to translating foreign reports for the Chinese reader, and aims to establish how evaluative resources are resorted to by the translators to facilitate ideologically different positioning in presenting events and identifying participants in the translated news. The translations are compared with their English source texts using Appraisal Theory (Martin and White 2005) as the micro analytical framework and Fairclough’s (1995a, 1995b) three-dimension model of Critical Discourse Analysis as the explanatory framework.