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    On Legal Translation from the Perspective of Transknowletology
    ZHANG Falian, CUI Can
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 25-32.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.003
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    To strengthen the construction of the rule of law concerning foreign affairs and tell a good story about the rule of law in China, legal translation has become increasingly important. Starting from the knowledge subject of legal translation, this paper shows the value of knowledge in legal translation from the perspective of transknowletology. Legal translation processes, reconstructs, and spreads Chinese legal ideas, legal language and culture, legal norms, legal texts and other local knowledge across legal systems and languages, so that the local legal knowledge in China and the West can transfer. It is not only conducive for China to fully learn from foreign advanced experience and the beneficial achievements in the rule of law, learn from the global beneficial achievements of the rule of law civilization, but also can make the essence of Chinese legal culture known to the world, and establish the image of “China under the rule of law” in the international community, which can contribute China’s strength to the culture of rule of law in the world.

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    Brian Tomlinson's Principles in Developing Materials for Language Teaching from an ELF Perspective: A Comprehensive Review and Its Implications
    DONG Lianzhong, QI Fang, Lawrence Jun ZHANG
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (6): 108-117.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.06.011
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    This paper offers a comprehensive review of Brian Tomlinson's theoretical principles, core issues and directions in materials development for language teaching over the past 20 years from the perspective of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). It critically examines textbook development principles and multiple core issues relating to English textbook development in five aspects with reference to Chinese researchers' empirical findings and reflections in ELF. This is done with a view of compiling English syllabi in China for constructing ELF materials for language teaching. The review aims to raise awareness of the need to further disseminate national cultures and Chinese values in English syllabi and textbook development, to focus on core issues in textbook development with Chinese characteristics, and to expand foreign language education in serving the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative.

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    On the Forms of English Translation of Sanguoyanyi and Their Functions
    XU Duo
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 66-74.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.008
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    Translations are an essential object of the study of translation and a straightforward path for readers to gain an understanding of the literature and culture of other nations. Sanguoyanyi has been translated into English over two centuries, and its English translation takes on a variety of forms, each serving a unique function. The abridged translation puts emphasis on the portrayal of the core characters and the narrative of the key episodes; the full translation pays more attention to the systematic presentation of the history and literary values of the original text; the compilative translation aims at the dissemination of the culture of the Three Kingdoms; the condensed translation demonstrates the catering to contemporary readers. Analysis of the different translation forms of the English translation of Sanguoyanyi and their functions help to grasp the relationship between translation forms and functions. It also contributes to choosing the appropriate translation form for translating and introducing the culture of the Three Kingdoms to foreign countries.

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    College English Writing Instruction in a ChatGPT Context
    CHEN Mo, LV Mingchen
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2024, 24 (1): 161-168.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2024.01.013
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    As a representative of the latest stage in artificial intelligence development, ChatGPT has attracted widespread attention from various sectors of society and has also brought new assistance to foreign language/second language writing instruction. From the perspective of activity theory, this paper analyzed college English writing instruction in the ChatGPT context, by exploring at each stage how teachers can effectively utilize ChatGPT to prepare and organize English writing instruction while actively mitigating potential risks associated with the new technologies. In this process, there have been corresponding changes in the teachers' roles. The teachers have reduced the time spent on knowledge output and repetitive tasks while increasing the emphasis on critical thinking and emotional guidance.

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    I “Eat”; Therefore I “Am” :Food Narrative and Ethnic Identity in Everything I Never Told You
    YAO Hongyan
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (4): 145-150.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.04.017
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    Food not only nourishes one’s biological organism, but also constructs his social and cultural identity. It marks the group that an eater belongs to and defines the otherness of a different group; it makes the eater and the eater makes himself by eating. In Chinese American woman writer Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, foodways play an important role in constructing James’ ethnic identity. Due to the widespread discourse of the inferiority of Chinese foodways in mainstream American society, James tries to deny his ethnic identity by refusing Chinese food. However, when his efforts to integrate into the mainstream society go futile, and when he eats cha siu bau again, he finally realizes that ethnicity is an undeniable part of his identity. The interaction between James and the foodways not only shows the struggle and helplessness of Chinese Americans in the process of ethnic identity construction, but also exposes the operating mode of American hegemonic culture.

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    Transknowletology Studies and International Knowledge Communication
    XIAO Huafeng
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 14-24.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.002
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    The core purpose of knowledge translation lies in international knowledge communication. The “West learning from the East” and “East learning from the West” are actually the international knowledge communication under the perspective of knowledge translation studies, which have promoted the integration of East and West cultures and the construction of global knowledge system. Knowledge translation studies is not only an innovative translation theory, but also a translation practice. Based on knowledge reproduction and knowledge re-dissemination, knowledge translation is more importantly a national strategic act of knowledge diplomacy.

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    Knowledge: A Driving Force in Translation Studies
    CHEN Chuanxian, ZHANG Yu
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (4): 29-36.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.04.003
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    The birth of Transknowletology is a milestone event in translation community, highlighting knowledge as the essence of translation. Knowledge can be seen in every step in translation process while translating is a process of producing, managing and disseminating knowledge. As the defining feature of translation, knowledge is the key element in translation studies and serves as a powerhouse supporting and facilitating the research of translation. With obvious international trait, Transknowletology, among all Chinese translation theories, is in a dominant position like a “vine” on which other theories grow as “melons”.

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    Consciousness of China’s Image and a Few Word Choices in the English Version of the Report to the 20th National Congress of the CPC
    CHEN Fachun
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (5): 7-15.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.05.001
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    National image is an integral part of national soft power. The attention, attitude and actions that citizens take for their national image reveal the intensity of their national consciousness. The Communist Party of China (CPC), under the leadership of Xi Jinping, has been attaching great importance to the shaping and projection of China’s image as a big country of long civilization, eastern culture, international responsibility and socialism, presenting a true, multi-dimensional, and panoramic view of China and a China that is credible, appealing, and respectable. The English version of the Report to the 20th National Congress of the CPC was the collaborate accomplishment of the national translation team with native speakers of English and has been highly successful on the whole in projecting a positive image for the CPC and for China. However, for better cross-cultural communication, a few words used in the report can be further discussed, such as the third person plural pronoun, words of priorities and a proper noun in particular.

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    Translinguistic Cognition Studies in Transknowletology
    XIAO Ting, LI Xiaqing, KANG Zhifeng
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 43-50.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.005
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    This paper is to provide a new cognitive perspective for the study of Transknowletology and to deepen the cognitive level of Transknowletology. As a new hot topic in the field of translation, Transknowletology has attracted more and more scholars’ attention, and they rectify the name of knowledge and the nature of translation. From the perspective of knowledge cognition,namely from the source language to the target language, translinguistic knowledge, and translinguistic cognition, this paper explores the translinguistic cognitive study of Transknowletology, and the results show that knowledge translation is not only a knowledgeable process of translinguistic, but also a cognitive process of translinguistic. This paper expounds the translinguistic nature of Transknowletology from the aspects of source language cognition, target language cognition and knowledge cognition. This paper also provides a new cognitive perspective for the study of Transknowletology, expands the research path of Transknowletology, enriches the research content of Transknowletology, and thus has a certain enlightenment and reference for later relative studies of Transknowletology.

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    The Key Issues on the Implementation of English Language Education Policy
    ZHANG Weilei, ZOU Bin
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 122-130.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.014
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    Based on the framework of language education policy by Kaplan & Baldauf, this paper discusses the major issues in the implementation of English language education in China as follows: self-isolation, discontinuity, and overlap of English education in different phases; insufficient and uneven distribution of English education resources; inadequate implementation of the policy; shortfall in the quantity and quality of teachers. On this basis, some countermeasures have been put forward: build a coherent, articulated and sustainable English education system; implement policies and increase investment in English education resources from three levels; further clarify the goals of foreign language education to English teachers ; formulate policies to improve the quality of English teachers to ensure the sustainable development of teacher education.

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    “Proximization” as a Positive Discourse Strategy:A Case Study of Zhu Ziqing’s Essay “Spring”
    LUO Xuanmin, CAO Yunzhi
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 103-113.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.012
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    “Proximization”, as a new perspective of discourse analysis, is widely used in Critical Discourse Analysis. Its assumption is that discourse producer usually depicts the Outside Deictic Center (ODC) as a dangerous entity gradually moving closer to the Inside Deictic Center (IDC), and persuades IDC to take actions against impending ODC to legalize their illegal actions. Thus, proximization is assigned a negative coloring. However, in this research it is found that “proximization” can be used as a positive discourse strategy for Positive Discourse Analysis. ODC is not always negative or dangerous,but sometimes it is friendly and beneficial to IDC. This research takes the prose “Spring” (by Zhu Ziqing) as an example, from the perspective of spatial proximization, temporal proximization and axiological proximization, to have made positive discourse analysis of the prose “Spring”. It has been found that the relationship between ODC and IDC in the prose “Spring” is not hostile but harmonious. ODC transfers positive power to IDC, IDC warmly embracing ODC. It is evident that proximization in the prose “Spring” is a positive discourse strategy.

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    The Journey of a Text and Its Regression and Rebirth: The Nature and Value of the Back-Translation of Four Generations in One House
    LI Meizhu, HU Anjiang
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 83-89.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.010
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    With the discovery of Ida Pruitt’s English version, back-translation of Four Generations in One House has become a hot issue. In fact, its fake original and fake targets have gone through deformation and reduction respectively. The study points out that the purpose of back-translation determines its nature of reductionism, taking the author as the center and the original text as the ontology. Under the rule of seeking equivalence, translator’s subjectivity is faced with restrictions. However, the result is by no means the resurrection of the original base, but the original reborn with the translator’s interpretation in the new spatio-temporal context. It is for this reason that the special phenomenon embodies essential characteristics of anti-postmodern translation studies. Meanwhile, the appreciation, revival, and feedback of culture have been accomplished during the process of seeking original base through fake targets, with the help of fake original.

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    An Embodied-Cognitive Interpretation of Transknowletology(I)
    WANG Yin
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (5): 16-22.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.05.002
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    Scholars both at home and broad have been seeking hard for the essence of translation for many years, but without any result. Yang Feng has rethought this orientational error of “Forgetting essence because of usage; Losing Dao (doctrine) in sight of Qi (utensil)” in traditional translation studies, thus considering only knowledge as the essence of translation, based on which Transknowletology has been proposed. So we should devote ourselves to the behaviour, relationship, movement and regulation in the processing of cross-language knowledge, its reconstructing and redisseminating. Epistemology thinks that human knowledge mainly originates from our experience (perception) and mind (rationality), the former being named “ti (body)” and the latter “ren (cognition)”, which is so-named “Linguistic Embodiment-Cognition View” being recently discussed by SISU Team. The present paper thinks that this view can not only explain the origin of language and knowledge, but also deepen the research of Trnasknowletology. If the essence of translation is knowledge, the essence of knowledge is embodiment-cognition, thus Transknowletology and Embodied-Cognitive Tanslatology are on the same track.

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    The Cross-disciplinary and Digital-Humanities Method in the Study of Foreign Literature
    ZHANG Jian
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 5-13.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.001
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    Within the discipline of Foreign Language and Literature (FLL), literature and country-and-area studies have lagged behind linguistics and translation studies in developing cross-disciplinary approaches and strategies, but this situation is likely to change in the near future. This essay discusses the discipline’s boundary and the possibility of cross-disciplinary studies. In the past 50 years, the FLL discipline has gone through two periods of development: first the emphasis on boundary and independence, then the opening-up and the emphasis on cross-disciplinary study—the brief history indicates that the latter has become the order of the day and the direction of future development. In this age of information technology, big data and AI will provide new opportunities and challenges for FLL, which if we dare grasp them, will usher in a new era of innovative development for the discipline.

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    On National Translation Capacity from the Perspective of Speech Act Theory
    JIANG Qingsheng, WU Yun
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 51-58.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.006
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    National Translation Practice (NTP) is essentially cross-linguistic speech acts, thus correlates closely with the theoretical terms from Speech Act Theory (SAT) like intention and intentionality, constitutional rules and regulative rules, brute facts and institutional facts. Nevertheless, these facets are largely underexplored in the study of NTP. In terms of the subject of NTP, collective intentionality could expound how the nation, as an abstract subject, carries out the translation process. With regard to the implementing process, NTP starts with brute facts and regulative rule of the source text for code-switching, and is relatively less competent in grasping the institutional facts and constitutional rules of the target language. This paper thus concludes that National Translation Capacity (NTC) is a capacity of collective intentionality gathering by certain authorized institutions. And NTC can be enhanced by subsuming the predication of the realization degree of NTP, the recovery of institutional rules and the effect examination from the recipients.

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    The Knowledge Construction and Circulation of the Conpect “Liberty” in the Late Qing Dynasty
    LI Wenting
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 33-42.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.004
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    Transknowletology incorporates disciplinary terms, concepts and knowledge organically, which provides a new theoretical perspective for the study of translation history. The term “liberty”, which originally belonged to Western knowledge, was first translated and introduced to China by Shun Pao in the late Qing Dynasty, and encountered both positive and negative knowledge construction of various forces. Its connotations finally gained recognition after the Revolution of 1911, and were established and circulated in the public opinion. The visualization tool “Voyant Tools” is applied to analyze the frequency and fields of the term “liberty” in the newspapers and journals in the late Qing Dynasty. It is found that the translation and introduction of “liberty” in the newspapers and journals in the late Qing Dynasty can be divided into three stages: the embryonic stage (1896-1898), the steady-growth stage (1899-1910) and the rapid-growth stage (1911). The close reading of the text is also applied to explore the circulation of the term “liberty” within the texts of the newspapers and journals, and the ideological competitions outside the texts, thus presenting the historical picture of the construction and circulation of new knowledge on liberty in the context of the late Qing Dynasty.

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    A Study on the Construction of China’s Image by German Senior Middle School Students
    HONG Gang, WU Weidong, CHENG Jing, XIAN Peixin
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 90-102.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.011
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    Based on Boulding’s theoretical framework of image theory and information collected through a questionnaire, this paper explores German high school students’image of China, including what the image is like, how the image is constructed and what role school education plays in the construction of this image. Results show that German high school students have clear geographic, physical and psychological images of China. The main factors that influence their construction of China’s image are first and foremost formal school education and then mass media. Other factors are rarely mentioned by students in the survey. The results also show that German high school students have mismatched image of China due to historical and psychological reasons. We believe that in the construction of China’s image, particularly among young people in other countries, attention should be focused on formal school education, especially course material development and classroom teaching. In addition, more approaches should be taken in order to present a true, multidimensional and panoramic view of China to the world. Relevant suggestions were presented at the end of the article.

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    Business English in the Context of the New Liberal Arts: Key Issues and Development Paths
    ZHAN Jun
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (4): 45-53.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.04.005
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    From the perspective of ESP, Business English, in nature, is a transnational Business Lingua Franca whose core value lies in the capacity to communicate in an international business environment. From the perspectives of disciplines/majors, Business English focuses on the communicative ability that comes from multidisciplinary fusion and has been well-accepted as an emerging academic discipline formulated by its character of interdisciplinary fusion and multidisciplinary crossing. However, the primary problems originating from the multidisciplinary fusion have remained unsolved even up to now, making Business English?s positioning still unclear and the research foundation relatively weak. The problems hinder the discipline and the specialty of Business English from further development. Developing Business English by building its discipline and updating its curriculum is urgent; it is crucial to have the teaching content and means to keep updated with economic growth and technological progress. Besides, the teaching staff of Business English need to improve their interdisciplinary academic literacies and the policies of administrating policy on interdisciplinary research require substantial reform. Those abovementioned are the main hindrances making business English lag behind domestic economic development. For these problems, the paper presents practical solutions, which the New Liberal Art earnestly calls for.

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    Can a Verb Function as an Attributive Modifier?
    WU Tong
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 114-121.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.013
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    This article discusses and challenges Deng Dun’s view that verbs cannot be used as adjectives. Based on this, it is proposed that humans have the need to express things that are influenced by passive actions or people and animals with certain behaviors, and this expressive need is realized (or projected) in language. Much of this is accomplished through words or structures that describe actions or behaviors to modify and restrict things and people, which is a common principle in human language expression. As for which method to use for expression, different languages use different means of expression (with different parameters), and in Chinese, the expression task is accomplished by using verbs as adjectives to modify nouns.

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    The English Translation of Folk Language in Diplomatic Discourse
    HUO Yuehong, JIANG Ruihan
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2023, 23 (3): 75-82.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.009
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    Diplomatic discourse with Chinese characteristics in the new era is a multi-form discourse that combines the solemnity of political discourse with the affability of folk discourse. Its solemnity is a characteristic of the genre itself, while its affability contributes to affect expression and effective communication. Folk language serves as the primary carrier of affability, but its translation studies have not received enough attention. This paper, based on the theory of translator behavior criticism, explores three different ways of representing folk expressions in diplomatic discourse, as well as the reasons for and effectiveness of such representation. It has been found that the different ways of representation do not affect the faithfulness and completeness in conveying China’s attitude.

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