A Survey of Chinese Interpreting Studies: Who Influences Who…and Why?
This paper describes how scholars in Chinese Interpreting Studies (CIS) interact with each other and form discrete circles of influence. It also discusses what it means to be an influential scholar in the community, and the relationship between an author’schoiceofresearchtopicandhisacademicinfluence.Thestudyexaminesan all-but-exhaustive collection of 59,303 citations from 1,289 MA theses, 32 doctoral dissertations and 2,909 research papers, combining traditional citation analysis with the newer Social Network Analysis to paint a panorama of CIS. It concludes that the community cannot be broadly divided into Liberal Arts and Empirical Science camps; rather, it comprises several distinct communities with various defining features. The analysis also reveals that the top Western influencers have an array of academic backgrounds and research interests across many different disciplines, whereas their Chinese counter parts are predominantly focused on Interpreting Studies. Last but not least, there is found to be a positive correlation between choosing non-mainstream research topics and having a high level of academic influence in the community.
Chinese Interpreting Studies: A Data Driven Analysis of A Dynamic Field of Enquiry
Over the five decades since its beginnings, Chinese Interpreting Studies (CIS) has evolved into a dynamic field of academic enquiry with more than 3,500 scholars and 4,200 publications. Using quantitative and qualitative analysis, this scientometric study delves deep into CIS citation data to examine some of the noteworthy trends and patterns of behavior in the field: how can the field’s progress be quantified by means of citation analysis? Do its authors tend repeatedly to cite ‘classic’ papers or are they more drawn to their colleagues’ latest research? What different effects does the choice of empirical vs. theoretical research have on the use of citations in the various research brackets? The findings show that the field is steadily moving forward with new papers continuously being cited, although a number of influential papers standout,having received a stream of citations in all the years examined.
Chinese Interpreting Studies: Genesis of a Discipline
The evolution of Chinese Interpreting Studies (CIS) can be traced through the growing number of journal articles and conference proceedings on the subject 2. Scholars from all over China, from both within and without the universities’ established interpreter training programs, contribute to the advancement of CIS research by publishing articles and proceedings.
Doctoral Dissertations in Chinese Interpreting Studies: A Scientometric Survey Using Topic Modeling
Doctoral dissertations are an important indicator of high-level research activities (Gile, 2013). I am grateful to Ewan Parkinson, whose help has been crucial in improving the overall quality of the paper, by providing constructive feedback on the various drafts. I also wish to thank Leonid Pekelis at Stanford University for inspiring me to conduct research on topic modeling and checking the quality of my methodology.
The Past, Present and Future of Chinese MA Theses in Interpreting Studies: A Scientometric Survey
This paper takes a scientometric approach to examining one of Chinese Interpreting Studies’ (CIS) most productive sources of research, MA theses, with the aim of answering the following questions: How has the discipline changed over time? What fields and theories influence it? And what are its most common research themes? The study’s comprehensive corpus of nearly 1300 Chinese-language theses addresses a data-based limitation faced by earlier scholars.
Chinese Interpreting Studies: Structural Determinants of MA Students Career Choices
During the last 30 years, the growth of the interpreting industry in China has been outstanding. Increasing economic and political collaboration has driven the demand for interpreters to bridge the linguistic and cultural divides that exist between China and the West. With the creation of master’s and bachelor’s degrees in interpreting and translation all over China, hundreds of graduates from various universities have since undertaken distinctly different career paths. Using an exhaustive corpus of Masters’ theses and a combination of logistic regression and Targeted Maximum Likelihood Estimation to establish causalities, this paper focuses on some of the structural determinants of graduate students’ career choices. The paper examines to what extent university afﬁliations, thesis advisors, research methodology and thesis content inﬂuence the choice to pursue an academic career.