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Peng Liu
Beijing International Studies University
Ana María González Fernández
Vol. 6 No. 1 (2020), Articles, pages 127-146
Accepted: Jul 21, 2020
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From the perspective of the Spanish-Chinese translation of idioms —specifically in the field of clothing—, we analyze the divergences and convergences between these linguistic formulas in order to reveal the underlying cultural traditions or perceptions, as well as their corresponding proprietary structural metaphors, which will determine the translator’s always difficult choice of the pertinent strategies for the effective transfer of idioms from one language to another: transliteration, domestication or foreignization. Consequently, the translation of idioms will necessarily involve the identification, understanding and internalization of the cultural perspective of the community that speaks that language and its worldview, value repertoire or basic beliefs, which is why translators, in their work, have to assume their crucial role as intercultural mediators or modulators. 


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