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Translating non-standard dialogue in fiction: A study of Harry Potter and Outlander
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Översättning av icke-standarddialog i skönlitteratur : En studie av Harry Potter och Främlingen (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Translation is a field of study with many obstacles, one of those obstacles being the translation of non-standard language. This study analyses the translation, into Swedish, of non-standard dialogue in the two novels Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Questions regarding what marks non-standard speech and what strategies are used to translate non-standard dialogue are asked. Also, since these novels are aimed at different audiences, is there a difference in the translation of adults’ versus children’s books? Several translation strategies are presented, and a quantitative study is made based on three of them. The results show that non-standard spelling suggesting non-standard pronunciation is the most dominant marker of non-standard speech in both novels. In Outlander most of the non-standard speech is translated into standard Swedish, while in Harry Potter it is translated into non-standard Swedish.  

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2019. , p. 31
Keywords [en]
translation, non-standard dialogue, fiction
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71018DiVA, id: diva2:1287998
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English
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Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-12 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved

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