This paper aims to explore why Nida (1964)'s equivalence theory, three semantic analysis techniques and the three-stage translation system are important to translators. For this purpose, Nida's theory is analyzed according to the requirements of a good translation theory suggested by Bell (1991). Nida's equivalence theory suggests that translation should be different according to text type, audience, and purpose of authors. Meanwhile, three techniques to analyze meanings help translators to find an appropriate target language word when encountering difficulty in choosing it because of language and cultural differences between two languages. What's more, the three-stage translation system applying Chomsky's generative transformation grammar contributes to translators paying attention to foreign language competence, translation shifts and native language expressions. In such theories, Nida introduced the translation focusing on receptors, the meaning difference according to context and culture, and a systematic approach to translation by applying multiple disciplines including linguistics. This paper concludes that Nida's theory satisfies the requirements of a good theory both on the theoretical and practical level.
|Number of pages
|Journal of linguistic studies
|Published - 2014
- Equivalence theory
- Three semantic analysis techniques
- Three-stage translation system
- Generative transformation grammar