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Speech Acts, Directness and Politeness in Dubbing

American Television Series in Hungary

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Károly Polcz

The culture specificity of speech acts may pose daunting challenges in translating audiovisual products. This volume offers intriguing insights into the ways dubbing translators seek to establish pragmatic equivalence in speech acts such as requests, instructions, advice, invitations and offers. What is the nature of pragmatic equivalence in speech acts? What types of pragmatic shifts do translators employ in the pursuit of pragmatic equivalence? Do shifts in directness have a bearing on target language politeness? While focused on a relatively large amount of linguistic data retrieved from more than 700 episodes of twenty different television series, the study introduces a multidimensional model that can be used as a heuristic tool in the analysis of speech acts in translation studies. This venture into the realm of pragmatics and translation research is aimed at capturing dominant patterns in translating speech acts in audiovisual translation, which, as the author claims, could be tied to translation universals.
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Filmography

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Alias. 2001–2006. Seasons 1–2. Bad Robot Production, Touchstone Television. [A]

Ally McBeal. 1997–2002. Seasons 1–2. 20th Century Fox Television. David E. Kelley Productions. [AMC]

Barátok közt [Among Friends]. 1998–present. Seasons 13–14. RTL Klub. [BK]

Bones. 2005–2017. Seasons 1–3. Josephson Entertainment, Far Field Productions, 20th Century Fox Television. [B]

Californication. 2007–2014. Seasons 1–3. Totally Commercial Films, Aggressive Mediocrity, Twilight Time Films, Showtime. [C]

Criminal Minds. 2005–present. Seasons 1–3. The Mark Gordon Company, Touchstone Television, ABC Studios, Paramount Network Television, CBS Paramount Network Television, CBS Television Studios. [CM]

Crime Scene Investigation: CSI. 2000–2015. Seasons 1–2. Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Alliance Atlantis, CBS Productions, CBS Paramount Television, CBS Television Studios, CBS Paramount Productions. [CSI]

CSI Miami. 2002–2012. Seasons 1–3. Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Alliance Atlantis, CBS Productions, CBS Paramount Television, CBS Television Studios, CBS Paramount Productions. [CSIM]

Desperate Housewives. 2004–2012. Seasons 1–2. Cherry Alley Productions, Cherry Productions, Touchstone Television, ABC Studios. [DH]

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