A multifactorial analysis of explicitation in translation

Zufferey, Sandrine; Cartoni, Bruno (2014). A multifactorial analysis of explicitation in translation. Target, 26(3), pp. 361-384. John Benjamins 10.1075/target.26.3.02zuf

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The search for translation universals has been an important topic in translation studies over the past decades. In this paper, we focus on the notion of explicitation through a multifaceted study of causal connectives, integrating four different variables: the role of the source and the target languages, the influence of specific connectives and the role of the discourse relation they convey. Our results indicate that while source and target languages do not globally influence explicitation, specific connectives have a significant impact on this phenomenon. We also show that in English and French, the most frequently used connectives for explicitation share a similar semantic profile. Finally, we demonstrate that explicitation also varies across different discourse relations, even when they are conveyed by a single connective.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Zufferey, Sandrine


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
400 Language > 440 French & related languages




John Benjamins




Sandrine Zufferey

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25 Apr 2016 11:27

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05 Dec 2022 14:53

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