Contrastive analysis and translation study from a corpus linguistics perspective

  • María Ángeles Gómez Castejón
Keywords: contrastive studies, English gerund, Spanish counterparts, contrastive analysis, cognitive characterization, translation study, parallel corpus

Abstract

Previous contrastive studies between the English gerund and its Spanish counterparts present serious limitations in the analysis of these constructions. The main objection is the absence of a cognitive approach. In addition, the traditional characterization of the English gerund seems to be inappropriate to determine its nature. We propose that in order to carry out a contrastive analysis of these constructions, it is absolutely necessary to include a cognitive approach. This approach establishes a valid characterization of the English gerund as well as the relationship between this category and its Spanish counterparts. We also include a translation study. The translation study is not limited to the establishment of equivalence relations between the source and target languages, but it also provides translations techniques observed in the translation product. On the whole, parallel corpora and translated texts prove to be extremely useful for both our contrastive analysis and translation study.

Author Biography

María Ángeles Gómez Castejón
Ángeles Gómez Castejón has a PhD in Applied linguistics from the Catholic University of Louvain (K.U.Leuven) and the National University of Distance Education (UNED). She has worked as a teacher at the Cognitive and Applied Spanish Linguistics Departement at the K.U.Leuven. Currently she is a member of the Research group “Functional, Cognitive and Descriptive Linguistics: English, Spanish, Typology (FEST)” at K.U.Leuven. She is also a member of the Research project "Elaboration of a terminological subontology in a multilingual context (English, Spanish and Italian) from the knowledge base FUNGRAMKB” coordinated by the University of Granada. She has published in the International Journal of English Studies, the journal Contactforum (Belgium) as well as in the proceedings of AESLA, CILC and AELINCO.
Published
01-12-2012
How to Cite
Gómez Castejón, M. Ángeles. (2012). Contrastive analysis and translation study from a corpus linguistics perspective. International Journal of English Studies, 12(2), 111-132. https://doi.org/10.6018/ijes/2012/2/161781