Theoretical Bases of Nida’s Functional Equivalence
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Na Li, Lin Deng
This paper discusses the general knowledge and common misunderstanding of the core of Eugene A. Nida’s translation theories — the “Functional Equivalence” theory. It probes into the theoretical bases of the theory from the perspectives of Chomskyan linguistics, Information Theory and Social Semiotics. Meanwhile, the limitations of each theoretical base are also explored, which contributes to proper understanding and evaluation of “Functional Equivalence” theory.
Functional Equivalence, Information Theory, Chomskyan Linguistics, Social Semiotics