Speaker Series 2023 September 22nd

Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by

Jiaxing Li, Nankai University & Visiting CRRAR Student Fellow, and Christopher W. Tindale, CRRAR Fellow

Standing on a Bridge between Cultures: Translation and Argumentation

Abstract: Against the backdrop of globalization, the increasing diversity of languages and cultures has underscored the pressing need for cross-cultural comprehension and effective communication. This paper stands at the junction of argumentation and translation, exploring their intricate interrelationship. We focus on the obstacles encountered when ideas traverse linguistic and cultural frontiers, unearthing the inherent complexities of conveying thoughts across cultural boundaries. Using the "Hao Bridge Debate" as a case study, this research scrutinizes the challenges that permeate cross-cultural communication. It dissects varied translations and interpretations of the debate, considering source language expressions within the context of its history and culture, offering insights into the realm of cross-cultural argumentation. We reveal the multifaceted challenges faced by translators in bridging linguistic and cultural gaps and emphasize that akin to everyday language, translation carries inherent deviations. Moreover, this paper examines the impact of cultural elements such as metaphor interpretation and utilization in argumentation, influencing argument transmission and comprehension. Through the comprehensive interpretations of the “Hao Bridge Debate”, this research also illustrates the importance of rhetoric to translation in the study of argumentation, which has further implications for understanding cross-cultural argumentation.


Friday, September 22nd, 2023

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North 1163