Translationese analysis and its implications in English-Korean translation

Gilja Byun, Won Bo Kim

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This study deals with translationese related to readability in English-Korean translation based on the perspective of target text oriented translation method. To help translators minimize translationese, it is important to investigate which factors cause translationese and in which situation translationese happens. For the purpose, translationese is analyzed into 16 categories with 5 levels from students`` 44 assignments in English-Korean translation. The result of the analysis shows that the main causes of translationese are interlanguage and intralanguage interferences and the number of translationeses related to morphology level is large. It means that to produce a better translation, students should pay more attention to studying linguistic differences between English as an inflectional language and Korean as an agglutinative language and developing Korean language competence. This study can be helpful in both teaching and learning in that it offers the specific category indicating students`` weaknesses and strengths, the causes and solutions of translationeses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-858
Number of pages32
JournalThe Journal of studies in language
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • Translationese
  • Readibility
  • English-korean translation
  • Literal translation
  • Interlanguage and intralanguage interferences

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