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Must Translation Be Based on Units Bigger than Sentences?

WU Jing-quan (Department of Trade and Economy Anyang University, Anyang 455000,Henan China)  
Recent years, some authors in the field of translation studies in China tend to negate“Sentence-Based Translation" and uplift the basic units of translation from sentences to“units bigger than sentences". The present paper suggests that“units bigger than sentences" are merely language units of sense but not of structure, which are difficult to define,and that translation based on such units is not only difficult to manipulate but also may result in harm to the original's style and charm. Translation is a language and culture transformation process of conveying the theme of the original work and reproducing its style and charm as well. Sentences are basic units both of sense and structure,which should be the basic units of translation in strict sense.
【CateGory Index】: H059
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