Ways to move forward in translation studies A textual perspective

Mira Kim, Martin Christian Matthias I Matthiessen

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Discourse analysis has grown in applied linguistics since the 1970s and its application in translation studies became prominent in the 1990s (Munday 2012, 137). One of the topics in discourse analysis that has been given particular attention by translation scholars is the translation of choices within the textual metafunction, with particular focus on the role of Theme and its impact on thematic development in text. A number of studies have generated new insights into the translation of textual choices, for example concerning failures to recreate patterns of thematic progression. The growth of this area of research is a highly encouraging development since it had previously been largely neglected in translation studies (House 1997, 31). While these studies have focused on separate micro-issues in specific language pairs, the present article attempts to conduct a comprehensive review of existing studies on this topic in order to (i) highlight major topics addressed so far and (ii) make suggestions for further studies into this important area of translation from a systemic functional linguistic perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-350
Number of pages16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Textual meaning
  • Thematic progression
  • Theme
  • Translation choices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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