Linguistics and the Human Sciences, Advance Access: 14.3 forthcoming

Bridging Boundaries between Systemic Functional Linguistics and Translation Studies: An Interview with Erich Steiner (Part I)

Erich Steiner, Wang Bo, Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen, Yuanyi Ma
Issued Date: 14 Apr 2020

Abstract


Erich Steiner, as a leading scholar in systemic functional linguistics (SFL), has been involved in various important strands of research on SFL and translation. In this interview, he discusses his motivation of studying linguistics, and introduces his works in different areas, including machine translation in the 1980s, corpora, register, explicitation, grammatical metaphor, integration of product- and process-based researches, as well as language description and comparison. 

Download Media

PDF-Advance Access

DOI: 10.1558/lhs.40024

References


Alves, F., Pagano, A., Neumann, S., Steiner, E., and Hansen-Schirra, S. (2010). Translation units and grammatical shifts: Towards an integration of product- and process-based research. In G. Shreve and E. Angelone (Eds) Translation and Cognition, 109–142. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Caffarel, A., Martin, J. R., and Matthiessen, C. M. I. M. (Eds) (2004). Language Typology: A Functional Perspective. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Doherty, M. (1991). Informationelle Holzwege: Ein Problem der Übersetzungs- wissenschaft [Informational garden paths: A problem for translation studies]. Zeitschrift für Literturwissenschaft und Linguistik [Journal of Literature and Linguistics] 21 (84): 30–49.

Durand, J., Bennett, P., Allegranza, V., van Eynde, F., Humphreys, L., Schmidt, P., and Steiner, E. (1991). The Europtra linguistic specifications: An overview. Machine Translation 6 (2–3): 103–47.

Firth, J. R. (1957). Ethnographic analysis and language with reference to Malinowski’s views. In R. W. Firth (Ed) Man and Culture: An Evaluation of the Work of Bronislaw Malinowski, 93–118. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Reprinted in J. R. Firth (1968). F. R. Palmer (Ed) Selected Papers of J. R. Firth 1952–59, 137–167. London and Harlow: Longmans.  

Gazdar, G. (1985). Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Grace, G. W. (1981). An Essay on Language. Columbia: Hornbeam Press.

Grace, G. W. (1981-1983). Ethonolinguistic Notes. Hawaii: Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaii.

Halliday, M. A. K. (1978). Language as Social Semiotic: The Social Interpretation of Language and Meaning. London: Edward Arnold.

Halliday, M. A. K. (1985). An Introduction to Functional Grammar. London: Arnold.

Halliday, M. A. K., and Hasan, R. (1976). Cohesion in English. London: Longman.

Halliday, M. A. K., and Hasan, R. (1985). Language, Context and Text: A Social Semiotic Perspective. Victoria: Deakin University Press.

Halliday, M. A. K., and Matthiessen, C. M. I. M. (2006). Construing Experience through Meaning: A Language-based Approach to Cognition. London and New York: Continuum.

Halliday, M. A. K., and Matthiessen, C. M. I. M. (2014). Halliday’s Introduction to Functional Grammar. 4th edition. London and New York: Routledge.

Hansen, S., and Hansen-Schirra, S. (2012). Grammatical shifts in English-German noun phrases. In S. Hansen-Schirra, S. Neumann and E. Steiner (Eds) Cross-linguistic Corpora for the Study of Translations, 133–146. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Hansen, S. (2003). The Nature of Translated Text: An Interdisciplinary Methodology for the Investigation of the Specific Properties of Translations. Ph.D. dissertation, Universität des Saarlandes.

Hansen-Schirra, S., and Grucza, S. (Eds) (2016). Eyetracking and Applied Linguistics. Berlin: Language Science Press

Hansen-Schirra, S., Czulo, O., and Hofmann, S. (Eds) (2017). Empirical Modeling of Translation and Interpreting. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Hansen-Schirra, S., Neumann, S., and Čulo, O. (Eds) (2017). Annotation, Exploitation and Evaluation of Parallel Corpora. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Hansen-Schirra, S., Nitzke, J., and Oster, K. (2017). Predicting cognate translation. In S. Hansen-Schirra, O. Czulo and Sascha Hofmann (Eds) Empirical Modeling of Translation and Interpreting, 3–22. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Hawkins, J. A. (1986). A Comparative Typology of English and Germany. London: Croom Helm.

Hawkins, J. A. (1992). Syntactic weight versus information structure in word order variation. In J. Jacobs (Ed) Informationsstruktur und Grammatik [Information structure and grammar], 196–219. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

Heilmann, A., Serbina, T., Vale, D. C., and Neumann, S. (2019). Shorter than a text, longer than a sentence: Source text length for ecologically valid translation experiments. Target 31 (1): 98–124.

House, J. (2008). Beyond intervention: Universals in translation? trans-kom 1 (1): 6–19.

House, J. (2018). Translation: The Basics. Oxon and New York: Routledge.

Kay, M. (1979). Functional grammar. In Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society, 142–158. Berkeley: UC Berkeley.

Kunz, K. A. (2010). Variation in English and German Nominal Coreference: A study of Political Essays. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Kunz, K. (2015). Cohesion in English and German: A Corpus-based Approach to Language Contrast, Register Variation and Translation. Habilitationsschrift, Saarland University.

Kunz, K., and Steiner, E. (2012). Towards a comparison of cohesive reference in English and German: System and text. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 6 (1-3): 219–251.

Kunz, K, and Steiner, E. (2013). Cohesive substitution in English and German: A contrastive and corpus-based perspective. In K. Aijmer and B. Altenberg (Eds) Advances in Corpus-based Contrastive Linguistics: Studies in Honour of Stig Johansson, 201–231. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Kunz, K., and Lapshinova-Koltunski, E. (2014). Cohesive conjunctions in English and German: Systemic contrasts and textual differences. In L. Vandelanotte, K. Davidse, C. Gentens and D. Kimps (Eds) Recent Advances in Corpus Linguistics: Developing and Exploiting Corpora, 229–262. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.

Kunz, K., Degaetano-Ortlieb, S., Lapshinova-Koltunski, E., Menzel, K., and Steiner, E. (2017). English-German contrasts in cohesion and implications for translation. In G. de Sutter, M. Lefer and I. Delaere (Eds) Empirical Translation Studies: New Methodological and Theoretical Traditions, 265–311. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Lapshinova-Koltunski, E. (2016). Inter- and Intralingual Variation in a Multilingual Context: Dimensions, Interactions, and Their Implications. Habilitationsschrift, Saarland University.

Lapshinova-Koltunski, E. (2017). Cohesion and translation variation: Corpus-based analysis of translation varieties. In K. Menzel, E. Lapshinova-Koltunski and K. Kunz (Eds) New Perspectives on Cohesion and Coherence: Implications for Translations, 105–131. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Lapshinova-Koltunski, E., and Vela, M. (2015). Measuring ‘registerness’ in human and machine translation: A text classification approach. In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Discourse in Machine Translation (DiscoMT), 122–131. Lisbon, Portugal: Association for Computational Linguistics.

Lapshinova-Koltunski, E., and Zampieri, M. (2018). Linguistic features of genre and method variation in translation: A computational perspective. In D. Legallois, T. Charnois and M. Larjavaara (Eds) The Grammar of Genres and Styles: From Discrete to Non-discrete Units, 92–117. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Malinowski, B. (1923). The problem of meaning in primitive languages. In C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards (Eds) The Meaning of Meaning, 1–84. London: Kegan Paul.

Mann, W. C. (1985). An introduction to the Nigel text generation grammar. In J. D. Benson and W. S. Greaves (Eds) Systemic Perspectives on Discourse (Volume 1), 84–95. Norwood: Ablex.

Mann, W. C., and Matthiessen, C. M. I. M. (1985). Demonstration of the Nigel text generation grammar. In J. D. Benson and W. S. Greaves (Eds) Systemic Perspectives on Discourse (Volume 1), 50–83. Norwood: Ablex.

Matthiessen, C. M. I. M. (1985). The systemic framework in text generation: Nigel. In J. D. Benson and W. S. Greaves (Eds), Systemic Perspectives on Discourse (Volume 1), 96–118. Norwood: Ablex.

Matthiessen, C. M. I. M., Wang, B., and Ma, Y. (2017a). Interview with Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen: On translation studies (part II). Linguistics and the Human Sciences 13 (3): 338–358.

Matthiessen, C. M. I. M., Wang, B., and Ma, Y. (2017b). Interview with Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen: On translation studies (part I). Linguistics and the Human Sciences 13(1–2): 201–17.

Matthiessen, C. M. I. M., Wang, B., and Ma, Y. (2018). Interview with Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen: On translation studies (part III). Linguistics and the Human Sciences 14 (1): 94–106.

Neumann, S. (2014). Contrastive Register Variation: A Quantitative Approach to the Comparison of English and German. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Newmark, P. (1988). A Textbook of Translation. Oxford & New York: Prentice Hall.

Pawley, A. (1987). Encoding events in Kalam and English: Different logics for reporting experience. In R. S. Tomlin (Ed) Coherence and Grounding in Discourse, 329–361. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Pollard, C., and Sag, I. A. (1994). Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Steiner, E. (1983). Die Entwicklung des Britischen Kontextualismus. Heidelberg: Groos.

Steiner, E. (1986). Generating semantic structures in Eurotra-D. In Proceedings of COLING 1986, 304–306. Bonn: Universität Bonn, Institut für Kommunikationsforschung und Phonetik.

Steiner, E. (1997). An extended register analysis as a form of text analysis for translation. In G. Wotjak and H. Schmidt (Eds) Modelle der Translation: Festschrift für Albrecht Neubert, 235–256. Frankfurt am Main: Vervuert Verlag.

Steiner, E. (1998). How much variation can a text tolerate before it becomes a different text?: An exercise in making meaningful choices. In R. Schulze (Ed) Making Meaningful Choices in English: On Dimensions, Perspectives, Methodology and Evidence, 235–257. Tübingen: Gunter Narr.

Steiner, E. (2001). Intralingual and interlingual versions of a text. In E. Steiner and C. Yallop (Eds) Exploring Translation and Multilingual Text Production: Beyond Content, 161–190. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Steiner, E. (2004a). Translated Texts: Properties, Variants, Evaluations. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Steiner, E. (2004b). Ideational grammatical metaphor: Exploring some implications for the overall model. Languages in Contrast 4 (1): 137–164.

Steiner E. (2006). Construing contextualization through meaning: Some thoughts on a semantics for theme. In S. Cho and E. Steiner (Eds) Information Distribution in English Grammar and Discourse and Other Topics in Linguistics: Festschrift for Peter Erdmann on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, 267–288. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag.

Steiner, E. (2008). Explicitation: Towards an empirical and corpus-based methodology. In J. J. Webster (Eds) Meaning in Context: Implementing Intelligent Applications of Language Studies, 235–278. London and New York: Continuum.

Steiner, E. (2012). Generating hypotheses and operationalizations: The example of explicitness/explicitation. In S. Hansen-Schirra, S. Neumann and O. Čulo (Eds) Annotation, Exploitation and Evaluation of Parallel Corpora, 55–70. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Steiner, E. (2015). Contrastive studies of cohesion and their impact on our knowledge of translation (English-German). Target 27 (3): 351–369.

Steiner, E., and Ramm, W. (1995). On Theme as a grammatical notion for German. Functions of Language 2 (1): 57–93.

Steiner, E., and Teich, E. (2004). Metafunctional profile of the grammar of German. In A. Caffarel, J. R. Martin and C. M. I. M. Matthiessen (Eds.) Language Typology: A Functional Perspective, 139–184. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Steiner, E., Eckert, U., Roth, B., and Winter-Thielen, J. (1988). The development of the EUROTRA-D system of semantic relations. In E. Steiner, P. Schmidt and C. Zelinsky-Wibbelt (Eds) From Syntax to Semantics: Insights from Machine Translation, 40–104. London: Pinter.

Teich, E. (1999). Systemic Functional Grammar in Natural Language Generation: Linguistic Description and Computational Representation. London and New York: Cassell.

Teich, E. (2003). Cross-linguistic Variation in System and Text: A Methodology for the Investigation of Translations and Comparable Texts. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Teich, E., and Fankhause, P. (2010). Exploring a corpus of scientific texts using data mining. In S. T. Gries, S. Wulff and M. Davies (Eds) Corpus-linguistic Applications: Current Studies, New Directions, 233–247. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.

Venuti, L. (1995). The Translator’s Invisibility: A History of Translation. London and New York: Routledge.

Vinay, J., and Darbelnet, J. (1995). Comparative Stylistics of French and English: A Methodology for Translation (J. C. Sager & M. Hamel, Trans.). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Weinrich, H. (1993). Textgrammatik der Deutschen Sprache [Text grammar in Germany]. Mannheim: Dudenverlag.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.





Equinox Publishing Ltd - 415 The Workstation 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)114 221-0285 - Email: info@equinoxpub.com

Privacy Policy