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Variation in translated movie subtitles: the representation of the speech of characters belonging to socially underprivileged groups

Grant number: 11/21097-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2012
Effective date (End): December 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Cristine Gorski Severo
Grantee:Tiago Pereira Rodrigues
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The approach of variation in speech and in writing, when an analysis of movie subtitles is made, allows respect for the linguistic features of stigmatized groups in the translation process. When the translation of a character's speech is made, not only the linguistic features of the source language and of the target language must be known, but also the socio-cultural conditions in which both languages are embedded. As the work of professional people in the translation of subtitles has shown us, it is verified that previous knowledge about linguistic variability and about intercultural issues which permeate it is not required for them in order to perform their work. In addition, there have not been interesting academic centers for studies in the area of audiovisual translation for a long time. On the other hand, fortunately, the tradition of a new field of studies has begun to develop very recently. It is believed that this research, besides promoting development in the field of Audiovisual Translation, can provide subtitling companies and professional people in the translation of subtitles with the acknowledgment of linguistic variability, as well as its sociocultural context, so that they can consider them in the translation of subtitles.(AU)

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