The Reconstruction of Modality in Chinese-English Government Press Conference Interpreting

A Corpus-Based Study

  • Xin Li

Part of the Corpora and Intercultural Studies book series (COINST, volume 1)

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About this book


This book investigates a special genre of interpreting in the Chinese context, namely Government Press Conference (GPC) Interpreting. Drawing on the modality system from Systemic Functional Grammar and a corpus of 21 interpreting events, the project explores the regular patterns of modality shifts in Chinese-English GPC interpreting and seeks explanations in the sociocultural context. As a corpus-based project, the book covers qualitative analysis of the sociocultural context, qualitative analysis of the interpersonal effects of modality shifts, and quantitative analysis of modality shifts. This book will contribute to the understanding of the distinctive features of GPC interpreting in China, shed new light on the rendition of modality between Chinese and English in specific contexts, and also inspire new thoughts on the nature of interpreting in general.


Interpreting Corpus-based interpreting study Government Press Conference Modality GPC Interpreting Translation Shifts Chinese-English Systemic Functional Grammar China

Authors and affiliations

  • Xin Li
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-5168-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-5169-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-4802
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-4810
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