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    Transknowletology: Its Naming and Concept Construction,
    MENG Xiangchun
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2022, 22 (3): 55-64.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.03.007
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    With cross-cultural interaction between local knowledge and global knowledge as its fundamental rationale, and with knowledge and culture synthesized in this conception, Transknowletology, proposed by Yang Feng, integrates “knowledge” in the ontological sense into Translatology, thereby constructing a fundamentally and ultimately knowledge-centered translation theory whose major inquiry focuses on “knowledge translation” and “translated knowledge” essentially in the framework of translation studies. If it should develop following the path of “studies of knowledge translation”, the term “knowledge translation studies”, therefore, may serve as its proper name. If it develops as knowledge-rooted-and-centered translation studies, as it is intended, Transknowletology may be its possible, if not the best, name. By virtue of the naming of “Transknowletology” per se, a series of new concepts or discourses can be reversely constructed, such as “knowledge glocalization”, the “scissors differential of knowledge”, “knowledge impact”, “knowledge-culture entanglement”, the “ripple effect of knowledge”, and the “knowledge translation paradox”, thus enriching and empowering the theory in question. A complete, mature Transknowletology necessitates a proper definition of “knowledge”, the establishment of translation criteria, the organic synthesis of newly constructed concepts and discourses, self-introspection with “others” as frames of reference, and engagement in global scholarship through discourse featuring “comparative glocalism”. These endeavors may enrich and even reshape global translation studies.

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    On Strategies for Interpreting Metaphors in Diplomatic Discourse for Political Equivalence: A Case Study of Chinese Foreign Ministry's 2019 Regular Press Conferences
    REN Dongsheng, JI Xiumei
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (3): 84-95.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.03.009
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    Metaphor is of great importance in the major-country diplomatic discourse system with Chinese characteristics for its vital role in the expressiveness and functionality of diplomatic discourse. Studies on the translation strategies of metaphors contribute significantly to facilitating the effective communication of diplomatic discourse and enhancing China's international discourse power. This paper conducts a case study of Chinese Foreign Ministry's 2019 regular press conferences on strategies for interpreting metaphors in diplomatic discourses from the perspective of political equivalence Yang Mingxing proposed as a criterion for the translation of diplomatic discourse. The metaphors employed in 2019 regular press conferences can be categorized into two types: shared and non-shared metaphors between China and the West. The former includes metaphors of the same source domain and metaphors of different source domains. It is advisable to retain or convert metaphors with comprehensive consideration of the number and political connotations of metaphors and the usages of the source and target languages. The latter includes new metaphors for the target audiences and metaphors originating from Chinese neologisms. The authors propose a strategy of retaining the metaphors plus explanation in the target text for consideration of the audiences' understanding of the cultural and political connotations of the metaphors.

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    An Epistemological Interpretation of Translation
    LI Ruilin
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2022, 22 (1): 47-59.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.01.003
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    Knowledge structuring is of prime importance to the internal building of any discipline in its own right and has a close bearing on its scholarly status of legitimacy and autonomy. Following this line of thought, the present article briefly re-examines the major problems with the conventional reductionist approaches to translation, including the marginalization of the central object, a lack of consilience in TS knowledge and the desirability of overall explanatory power, and for that matter, it attempts to identify a highly competitive bridge concept that is most likely to link together the linguistic, socio-cultural, cognitive, communicative and technological views of translation. To that end, it first incorporates TS into the interpretive space of epistemological analysis, then explores the potential relationship between the binary features of human cognition and translation per se, and consequently comes up with the ensuing set of claims: cognitive asymmetry serves as a necessary condition for the extensive engagement of translation in the ever-evolving world of humanity, knowledge (experiential and rational) as an end result of cognition plays a central role in any sphere of translational activity, and translation, in the ultimate analysis, is sustained by the notion of cross-linguistic knowledge transfer. The key notion taken into full account, a knowledge-centered ontological structure is mapped out to highlight translation as a core mechanism for the cross-linguistic reproduction and circulation of all forms of knowledge, which is assumed to make recourse to both re-conceptualization and re-contextualization processes in real-world scenarios of intercultural communication. The newly proposed minimalist framework of translation is expected to provide a viable point of access for generating a theoretically unified and practically relevant paradigm of Translation Studies.

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    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (4): 50-61.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.04.007
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    POA-based Reading and Speaking Approach to Oral English Teaching
    TAO Jifen
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (3): 96-103.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.03.010
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    From the perspective of teaching research, this paper demonstrates a practical and operational teaching model for English speaking class based on Production-oriented Approach. Taking into consideration the uniqueness of Chinese language learner, the overall teaching design successfully realized the “student-centered” concept of POA by creatively applying the “reading and speaking” approach in speaking class. Each teaching process is designed to improve students' willingness to communicate in L2. The students' feedback shows that the POA-based “Reading and Speaking” approach to oral English teaching can effectively improve the students' willingness to communicate with each other, and the classroom teaching can achieve the expected effect.

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    John Sinclair's Phrase Theory and Study of Meaning
    PU Jianzhong
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (6): 60-76.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.06.007
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    This paper aims to discuss John Sinclair's phrase theory and its key concepts, his major contributions to the study of meaning, and the inadequacies as well. It is argued that Sinclair's major achievements in the study of meaning can be attributed to his phrase theory, that its core components are phraseological items and lexical items, that his model of extended unit of meaning, consisting of core, collocation, colligation, semantic preference and semantic prosody, can be applied to the description of both lexical items and phraseological items. Sinclair's major contributions to the study of meaning include that to a great extent he turned the linguists' attention from context to cotext, that he developed and improved the KWIC analysis, upon which the model of extended unit of meaning was formulated, that he put forward the theoretical framework of his phrase theory, getting theoretically ready for the study of meaning. The inadequacies are that the notion of semantic prosody is still vague, preventing the model of extended unit of meaning from being fully exploited, and that paraphrase has not been theoretically evaluated, resulting in language users' meaning not being reflected in his study of meaning.

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    English Learning Motivation Types of English Majors and Its Influencing Factors
    ZHANG Hong, DU Xinran
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (6): 105-118.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.06.011
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    Dialogical Linguistics: Key Assumptions and Their Implications
    ZENG Guocai
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (3): 53-60.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.03.006
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    Dialogical analysis is one of the hot issues in current linguistic studies. So far, the theories or paradigms in research on language and cognition have not been well investigated and reviewed from a dialogic view. Based on the discussion about the connotation of dialogue and summarizing the core ideas of Dialogical Linguistics, this paper analyzes the view of dialogic interaction in Interactional Linguistics and the cognitive-functional theories on dialogues, including Dialogic Syntax, Interactional Construction Grammar and Dialogic Construction Grammar. This study, also based on the discussion of the construal model for dialogic interaction, claims that the dialogic turn in studies on language and cognition is emergent, with an expectation to promote the application and thus the progress of dialogical linguistic research in studies on natural languages.

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    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (4): 82-91.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.04.010
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    New Liberal Arts, and the Construction of Foreign Language Programs
    LIU Jianjun
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (3): 29-34.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.03.003
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    At present, new humanities must be constructed under the background of overall promotion of “new discipline”. The essence of new-discipline construction is to establish a new mode of training talents who meet the needs of the development in the 21st century, rather than to simply do the so-called “teaching reform”. The innovation of “new discipline” is mainly reflected in the following four aspects: first, the organic integration of humanities, science and engineering, and professional curriculum and ideological-political education; second, the reorganization or creation of new knowledge and new specialty system; third, the emphasis on the cultivation of people's thinking ability through the teaching of knowledge; and fourth, the establishment of new subject relationship between “teaching” and “learning”. On this basis, new foreign literature teaching must redefine the connotation of the discipline itself and the composition of new knowledge system; cultivate teachers’ and students’ thinking ability on the premise of “asking questions” through “back to the text” and “out of the text”; and improve learners' understanding of different essence between Chinese and foreign cultures to better serve the Chinese literary discourse system construction.

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    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (4): 35-41.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.04.005
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    College English as General Education or Discipline-specific Education:Tthe Orientation of College English Teaching to ESP Revisited
    CAI Jigang
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2022, 22 (3): 84-91.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.03.010
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    College English Teaching Guidelines defines college English as general education and assigns English for specific purposes (ESP) a minor role. We believe that college English is discipline-specific education and should be orientated towards ESP. Its instrumental and humanistic harmony could be found in its pedagogy. It could not only help students engage in their disciplinary studies in English, but also improve their cross-cultural competence in the domain of their disciplines. With the credit decrease of college English, we suggest that general English and culture courses should be removed from the required courses of college English.

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    Innovation and Development of College Foreign Languages Teaching in the Construction of New Liberal Arts
    PAN Haiying, LIU Shuling
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (3): 45-52.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.03.005
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    Since 2020, the Ministry of education has started the construction of teaching resources based on the “Four New Concept”, and promoted the quality revolution of higher education. Among them, the New Liberal Arts Construction breaks the barriers between traditional liberal arts and other disciplines, and provides an opportunity for the innovation and development of college foreign language curriculum. Based on the basic requirements of the construction of new liberal arts, this paper puts forward some thoughts and suggestions on the innovation of college foreign language curriculum in the construction of new liberal arts, starting from the concept of college foreign language curriculum, the goal of college foreign language curriculum, the setting of college foreign language curriculum and the construction of college foreign language environment.

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    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (4): 92-96.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.04.011
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    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (4): 42-49.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.04.006
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    Multimodal Discourse Analysis: A New Paradigm of Teacher Discourse Research
    YANG Yi, CHEN Changlai
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2022, 22 (4): 144-153.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.04.014
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    Multimodal discourse analysis should become a new paradigm of teacher discourse research. It is an cross-disciplinary study of linguistics, pedagogy and computer science, which aims to analyze the process of how teachers make a mixed use of different symbol resources to achieve teaching objectives and the interaction mechanism between different symbol resources. The core of the research route is to determine the annotation scheme and form the analytical framework. In this multimodal discourse analysis, the Elan labeling scheme is formed from the starting point of “establishing research perspective” in tieto-truth modeling. Based on this scheme, the raw corpus is processed and annotated and a multi-modal teacher corpus is built. Then a structural frame of reference is constructed based on the relationship between the two sets of modes, namely “intensification - non-intensification” and “complementation-non-complementation”, on which forming a “ framework for modal interaction analysis of teacher discourse” is based. This framework is used as a tool of multi-modal analysis of teacher discourse. With the help of this new paradigm, the multi-modal corpus of famous foreign language teachers can be constructed to highlight the special attributes of famous teachers, so as to promote the formation of multidimensional teaching evaluation ideas, and contribute to the creation of “golden lessons” in a comprehensive and precise way.

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    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (4): 29-34.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.04.004
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    New Thought of Ecolinguistics and Its Implications to Ecological Discourse Analysis
    HA Changchen, HUANG Guowen
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2022, 22 (5): 88-96.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.05.010
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    Arran Stibbe defines the term “ecolinguistics” as “the study of the role of language in the life-sustaining interactions of humans with other species and the physical environment” in the monograph of second edition entitled Ecolinguistics (Stibbe 2021). Previous studies inclined to “influencing how humans treat ecosystems”, however, it has been changed into “seeing language as part of ecosystems” under the guidance of new thought. Starting from Stibbe’s recent thought, this study reviews ecolinguistics studies and the general framework of discourse analysis, focusing on implications for ecological discourse analysis in China. The results show that our ecological discourse analysis should concentrate on three aspects: (1) exploring the ecological value of our traditional culture, (2) refining the types of ecological discourse, and (3) improving the level of ecological literacy. This is of great significance in terms of further developments of ecolinguistics studies in China.

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    Developments of Language Transfer Studies during the Past 30 Years
    GAI Feihong
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2022, 22 (3): 113-121.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.03.013
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    Undergoing briefly four phases, language transfer research (LTR) has experienced unprecedented development since 30 years ago. Many important empirical discoveries and theoretical advances have been springing up in recent years, which are aimed to reveal how languages interact with each other in the brain and to explore the factors that influence language transfer in the complex, dynamic and systematic way. Standing in the frontier of LTR, the generative approach focuses on L1 transfer in relation to syntax. Contrastively, conceptual transfer approach, closely connected with linguistic relativity and neo-Whorfianism, is mainly concerned with how L1 concepts are transferred to L2 discourse. Language transfer could be better explained with the Complex Dynamic Systems Theory and the potentially concept-based multicompetence model. And relative studies should encompass linguistic and non-linguistic factors, compare languages horizontally and/or longitudinally, and describe and explicate transfer by interdisciplinary and multi-perspective ways.

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    Foreignization Strategy in the Chinese Translation of English Literary Neologisms: The Case of The Lord of the Rings
    WEN Yixin
    Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies    2021, 21 (6): 144-153.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2021.06.014
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