Roger T. Ames’ Translation of Concept Words in Dao De Jing from the Perspective of Translation Ethics of Difference
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation
Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2019, Pages: 78-81
Received: Oct. 12, 2019; Accepted: Nov. 13, 2019; Published: Nov. 19, 2019
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Jihui Sun, School of Foreign Languages, Hunan University of Finance and Economics, Changsha, China
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According to the theory of translation ethics, translators should respect the differences and enrich the target culture. The concept words in Dao De Jing embody complex meaning, representing the essence of Chinese philosophy. These words are hard to understand, but crucial to the interpretation of Dao De Jing. The concept words such as “Dao”, “Wuwei”, “Tian” and “De” are chosen to discuss their translations in this article. Roger T. Ames advocates translation has to be transformed into culturally creative interpretation in order to be faithful to the thought and way of expression. In the translation process of concept words in Dao De Jing, Roger T. Ames analyzes the meaning of concept words from their cultural background and adopts strategies of transliteration, creative translation and polysemy, attempting to keep the differences between Chinese and Western philosophy. Roger T. Ames translates the key words from the perspective of contrastive philosophy. Through discussion of the translation of Roger T. Ames and his cooperator, it is found that the strategy of showing the differences in translation may be hard for target readers to understand, but an effective way to intercultural communication in the long run.
Roger T. Ames, Translation Ethics, Dao De Jing, Concept Words
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Jihui Sun, Roger T. Ames’ Translation of Concept Words in Dao De Jing from the Perspective of Translation Ethics of Difference, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2019, pp. 78-81. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20190504.15
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