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Of Holy Goats and the NYPD: A study of language-based screen humour in translation
2004 (English)In: / [ed] Gyde Hansen, Kirsten Malmkjær & Daniel Gile, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins , 2004Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A large array of strategies, ranging from simple alliteration and rhyme to puns and elaborate manipulations of the grammar, can contribute to the humorous character of a text. Language-play based on such strategies is thus a heterogeneous yet important element in many film comedies. Due to its function in that genre, almost all language-play occurring there would normally be expected to have counterparts in a translation, but the usually language-specific ways in which the strategies have been used, in addition to the well-known constraints of dubbing and subtitling, can be suspected to work in the opposite direction.

Based on an analysis of seven English-language movies and a variety of translations (covering dubbing, subtitling and five different target languages), it is suggested that on average, roughly one third of the strategies employed in original language-play are neither copied nor replaced by other strategies in screen translation. The mode and language of the target text do not appear to influence that result.

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Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins , 2004.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21969ISBN: 9027216568 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-21969DiVA, id: diva2:595645
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Claims, Changes and Challenges in Translation Studies: Selected contributions from the EST Congress, Copenhagen 2001
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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