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Language and Translation in Film: Dubbing and Subtitling

Baños, R; Diaz-Cintas, J; (2017) Language and Translation in Film: Dubbing and Subtitling. In: Malmkjaer, K, (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Translation Studies and Linguistics. (pp. 313-326). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter defines the professional practices that are usually considered part of audiovisual translation (AVT), including accessibility to the media for audiences with sensory disabilities. After a brief historical overview, it focuses on the main characteristics of AVT, in particular the semiotic nature of the source text and the technical constraints on the translation solutions that can be adopted in subtitling and dubbing. Special attention is paid to the prefabricated nature of the dialogue found in audiovisual texts and to the asymmetrical transition that takes place from the oral to written mode in the case of subtitling. Interdisciplinarity is a distinctive trademark of AVT and the chapter discusses the main research methods traditionally used to investigate this area, emphasising the Descriptive Translation Studies paradigm and the use of corpora to identify the features and patterns of translated films. The chapter explores the efforts made by AVT scholars to test the validity of their theories experimentally, to explore the cognitive effort involved in the translational process and to measure human behaviour by means of instruments such as eye trackers, in order to acquire better understanding of their target audience. The final section of the chapter focuses on the automation of subtitling through the application of statistical machine translation technology, the potential of AVT for foreign language teaching and learning, and the proliferation of amateur practices like fansubbing and fandubbing on the net.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Language and Translation in Film: Dubbing and Subtitling
ISBN: 131743451X
ISBN-13: 9781138911260
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315692845
Publisher version: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315692845/...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Language Arts & Disciplines, Dubbing, Subtitling, Audiovisual Translation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS > Translation Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042163
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