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Towards a model of describing humour translation. A case study of the Greek subtitled versions of Airplane! and Naked Gun

Asimakoulas, D (2004) Towards a model of describing humour translation. A case study of the Greek subtitled versions of Airplane! and Naked Gun META, 49 (4). 822 - 842. ISSN 0026-0452

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Abstract

Being rooted in a specific cultural and linguistic context, humour can pose significant problems to translation. This paper will discuss data collected from films in the light of a suggested framework based on script theory of humour initially proposed by Attardo and specifically adapted here for subtitling. The data include such categories as wordplay, where a more 'semiotic' approach is employed, comparisons, parody, disparagement and register humour. These data were culled from two films translated into Greek: Airplane! (1980), directed by David Zucker and Jim Abrahams and The Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad (1988), directed by David Zucker, which exhibit a great concentration of verbal humorous sequences and inventive puns. It will be suggested that there was leeway to creatively solve linguistically/culturally based translation problems, although inconsistencies were to be observed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Linguistics, humour translation, subtitling, script, superiority, incongruity
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > Languages and Translation
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2011 10:04
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2013 12:09
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/4958

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