Logical Thinking and Critical Understanding in Translation

Authors: Li, Haijun

Affiliation: Hunan University of Arts and Science, Changde, Hunan Province 415000, P. R. China

Abstract: Logical thinking is a rational and lawful thinking pattern which takes logic as its highlight and uses concept, judgment, inference and other logical methods to reflect the objective world. It boasts of the law of identity, the law of non-contradiction, the law of interim-exclusion and the law of sufficient reason. Translation, a transformation of languages outwardly, is inwardly the conversion of thinking. Lado Julgi, an outstanding Hungary translator, once pointed out: í░translation is a kind of logical activity, and the version is the product of this activity.í▒1 In translation, logical thinking is of specific importance for the translatorí»s critical understanding of the original, which can be shown in three aspects: resolving the structural ambiguity in the original, clarifying the implicit logical relations in the original, and identifying errors in the original.

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