Interview with Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen

On translation studies (Part I)

Authors

  • Bo Wang Sun Yat-sen University
  • Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Yuanyi Ma Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/lhs.37422

Keywords:

Systemic Functional Linguistics, translation studies, linguistic turn, prescriptive and descriptive studies, environments of translation

Abstract

In this interview, Bo Wang first asks Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen about the significance for applying Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) to translation studies. They also discuss various topics including the linguistic turn in translation studies, differences between prescriptive and descriptive studies in translation, and Matthiessen's (2001, 2014) studies on translation, i.e. the environments of translation and metafunctional translation shift. Finally, some directions for future research are suggested by Christian Matthiessen.

Author Biographies

Bo Wang, Sun Yat-sen University

Bo Wang received his doctoral degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is currently associate research fellow at School of International Studies, Sun Yat-sen University. He is also an active member of the PolySystemic Research Group. His research interests include Systemic Functional Linguistics, translation studies, discourse analysis, and language typology.

Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen is Chair Professor of the Department of English, the Faculty of Humanities, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is a member of the PolySystemic Research Group. He has degrees in linguistics from Lund University (BA) where he also studied Arabic and philosophy, and from University of California, Los Angeles (MA, PhD), and has previously held positions at Sydney University and Macquarie University.

Yuanyi Ma, Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology

Ma Yuanyi received her doctoral degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2018 and is lecturer at Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology. She is a member of the PolySystemic Research Group, and her research interests include Systemic Functional Linguistics, translation studies, discourse analysis, and intercultural communication.

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Published

2019-05-28

How to Cite

Wang, B., Matthiessen, C., & Ma, Y. (2019). Interview with Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen: On translation studies (Part I). Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 13(1-2), 201–217. https://doi.org/10.1558/lhs.37422

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