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Speech Acts, Directness and Politeness in Dubbing

American Television Series in Hungary


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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Table 1: Analysability of tenor

Table 2: A taxonomy of directive and commissive speech acts

Table 3: The indirectness scale based on the CCSARP project (Blum-­Kulka et al. [eds] 1989)

Table 4: Category i: SL direct forms

Table 5: Category ii: conventionally indirect SL statements

Table 6: Category iii: conventionally indirect SL questions with query preparatory form

Table 7: Category iv: conventionally indirect SL questions with suggestory form

Table 8: Category i: TL direct forms

Table 9: Category ii: conventionally indirect TL statements

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