CAE 438 : Comparative Linguistics and the Theory of Translation


This course examines the theory and techniques of translation based on linguistic and comparative principles. It examines problems in translation which arise on the lexical, syntactic and discourse levels when two very different languages from two very different cultures constitute the source and target languages. Critical analysis of chosen translations will also be included.


On completion of this course, students should


  1. Lexical Issues
  2. Syntax
  3. Textual Organisation
  4. Cohesion
  5. Pragmatics
  6. Cross-cultural Differences


Baker, M. In Other Words: A Coursebook On Translation. London: Routledge. 1992.

Teaching Format

1 general lecture, 1 language-specific lecture, & 1 tutorial per week  (total: 3 hours)



David Deterding, Room 3-03-164, tel. 790-3432, e-mail:  (for Chinese materials)

Please note: only Chinese-English translation is currently offered.