Bridging boundaries between systemic functional linguistics and translation studies

An interview with Erich Steiner (Part I)

Authors

  • Erich Steiner Saarland University
  • 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.40024

Keywords:

systemic functional linguistics, translation studies, machine translation, corpora, register, explicitation, grammatical metaphor, integration of product- and process-based research, language description and comparison

Abstract

Erich Steiner, as a leading scholar in systemic functional linguistics (SFL), has been involved in various important strands of research on SFL and translation. In this interview, he discusses his motivation of studying linguistics, and introduces his works in different areas, including machine translation in the 1980s, corpora, register, explicitation, grammatical metaphor, integration of product- and process-based researches, as well as language description and comparison. 

Author Biographies

Erich Steiner, Saarland University

Erich Steiner is professor in the Department of Language Science and Technology, Saarland University, Germany. He is a leading scholar in systemic functional linguistics (SFL), and is known for his works on translation studies, register studies as well as language description and comparison.

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 description.

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

Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen is Chair Professor of the Department of English, 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. She is currently lecturer in the School of International Cooperation, Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology. She is a member of the PolySystemic Research Group, and her research interests include systemic functional linguis-tics, translation studies, discourse analysis, and intercultural communication. 

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2021-03-26

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Steiner, E., Wang, B., Matthiessen, C. M., & Ma, Y. (2021). Bridging boundaries between systemic functional linguistics and translation studies: An interview with Erich Steiner (Part I). Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 14(3), 199–217. https://doi.org/10.1558/lhs.40024

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