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Title: A Multimodal Perspective on Audiovisual Constraints in Subtitling:A Case Study of Arabic-English Film Translation
Authors: Fatma Khalid Mubarak Belal 
Supervisor: Prof. Mohammed Farghal
Keywords: Voice-over : translation
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher:  Kuwait university - college of graduate studies
Abstract: Audiovisual Translation (AVT) is a relatively new area of research in translation studies and, thus, it is an ever dynamic evolving discipline with constantly expanding literature and insights. In this research, we set to explore an aspect that is underemphasized in AVT studies, especially in the Arab world: the role of the audiovisual element in subtitling, i.e. the fixed ‘world’ of audiovisual content, and the constraints it places on the process of translating. This research aims to investigate these constraints, their effects on the produced translation (i.e. the subtitles), the difficulties and issues the translatorsubtitler faces, and the procedures she/he uses to cope with them, employing a multimodal framework that examines the modes of communication present in the mode of film and emphasizes the importance of their interaction in the source text (ST). It should be noted that this study tackles only subtitling as it is the most explicit, most 'visible', and most common, method of translating audiovisual media and it is the most popular method of translating English-language media, namely feature films, in the Arab world and most language communities. Two Arabic-language films, Nadine Labaki’s ؟ و هلأ لوين (Where Do We Go Now?) and Anne-Marie Jacir’s ل م ا شفتك (When I Saw You), serve as our source materials as each film's English subtitles are examined. Our findings affirm the notion that said constraints do affect the resultant translation and they reveal a set of considerations that need to be acknowledged when translating audiovisual texts. These considerations are relevant to two facts: a) the nature of film itself as a meaningful text and b) the medium of film as a multimodal construct.
Appears in Programs:0320 Translation

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