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The Chinese-English Lyrics Translation of See the Next Intersection from the Perspective of Skopos Theory

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1106756, PP. 1-10

Subject Areas: Information Science, Education

Keywords: Skopos Theory, Lyrics Translation, See the Next Intersection

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Composed by China’s most celebrated star Li Yuchun, See the Next Intersection (下个, 路口, 见) is an extraordinarily popular song. Under the three rules of the Skopos theory, this paper explores the translator’s goal of integrating music and words through flexible translation techniques to achieve communication across cultural and language barriers. However, some slight flaws emerge during the process due to the translator’s extreme attention to the Skopos rule. Moreover, this paper provides some enlightenment about rendering song lyrics exquisitely while considering the proper balance of the three rules.

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Peng, M. (2020). The Chinese-English Lyrics Translation of See the Next Intersection from the Perspective of Skopos Theory. Open Access Library Journal, 7, e6756. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1106756.

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