Dr. Nadiia Kirnosova

Dr. Nadiia Kirnosova

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

CV: Nadiia Kirnosova, Female, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Associate Professor at Chinese Language Department., Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. PhD Diploma of Comparative literature, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Doctoral paper: "The Paradigm of Genres and Themes in Pilgrimage Prose of the XVI – XVIIIth centures in European and Chinese Literatures". Translating fiction from Chinese to Ukrainian: Red Sorgium by Mo Yan, Red Poppies by Alai, Flowers of Cotton by Tie Ning, Uncle’s story by Wang Anyi, About Life and Death by Shi Tiesheng, 0:00 on Christmas by Zhou Xiaofeng, Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong Decoded by Mai Jia.

Presentation title: An informational approach to translation of Chinese characters

Abstract: The main requirement for a translated message usually is to achieve an effect, the same to produced by an original one. And usually language unites, constructed the (original) message, is seen to be a source of this effect, but when being translated into another language, this effect changes or disappears very easily, though, according to dictionaries, (target) language unites may be equivalent or very close by lexical meaning to the original ones. This presentation proposes to treat the process of translation not in terms of “meaning” but in terms of “information”, and this is called “an informational approach to translation”. Any Chinese character as an object of translation may be understood as a medium of three kinds of information: cognitive, emotional and motivational, generating three different modalities – visual, aural and vestibular respectively. Thus its informational structure is not equivalent to “monomodal” phonetic signs, and this consideration should be taken into account, when translating messages, written in characters. From the informational approach point of view, messages written in characters should be treated as a complex informational structure.