Corpus-based interpreting studies in China: A critical review and future directions

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Corpus-based interpreting studies (CIS) in China have experienced significant growth in recent years, garnering substantial attention from the academic community. This article presents a comprehensive review of CIS in China, with a particular focus on advancements made during the past decade (2013-2022), and identifies emerging research directions. Through a systematic examination of influential papers published in China over the past decade, it was found that this period has witnessed a flourishing phase of CIS in China. Specifically, this analysis reveals a substantial expansion in the research scope, primarily attributed to advancements in techniques for compiling, transcribing, and annotating interpreting corpora. The use of self-built corpora and the adoption of diverse research methodologies have been pivotal factors driving the significant expansion observed. The current state of CIS in China reveals notable trends, including a dominance of synchronic studies, an emphasis on the interpreting process and discourse-level aspects. Quantitative analysis is increasingly employed, and the expansion in the number and scope of interpreting corpora indicates a more diverse landscape. However, limitations exist, such as a lack of diversity in corpus sources, immaturity of transcription and annotation techniques, as well as an imbalance in the availability of different types of corpora. Addressing these limitations will promote a comprehensive understanding of CIS in China.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorpora in Interpreting Studies
Subtitle of host publicationEast Asian Perspectives
EditorsAndrew K.F. Cheung, Kanglong Liu, Riccardo Moratto
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003377931
ISBN (Print)9781032456270
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in East Asian Interpreting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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