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The Languages of Dubbing

Mainstream Audiovisual Translation in Italy


Maria Pavesi, Maicol Formentelli and Elisa Ghia

The purpose of this volume is to investigate the languages of dubbing. The plural evokes the complex interplay of different codes as well as the numerous levels of analysis involved. The volume focuses on the languages of Anglophone films and television series and their dubbing into Italian while broadening the perspective to the general debate on audiovisual translation. Dubbing offers itself as a privileged place where languages interact in simulating, creating and recreating fictive orality and where influential linguistic and pragmatic conventions are generated and developed. The chapters cover a rich range of topics including syntactic, lexical and sociolinguistic features of audiovisual dialogue, cross-linguistic contrasts, and the translation of culture specific references and multilingualism on screen. The volume provides an updated picture of research on Italian dubbed language, a key area of inquiry with reference to the investigation of telecinematic discourse, Audiovisual Translation and Corpus-based Translation Studies.
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The Pavia Corpus of Film Dialogue: a means to several ends: Maria Pavesi



The Pavia Corpus of Film Dialogue: a means to several ends

Having a clearly articulated question is an essential first step in corpus construction since this will guide the design of the corpus (Reppen 2010: 31).

Corpus Linguistics (CL), for many, is an end in itself. That is, it provides a means for the empirical analysis of language and in so doing adds to its definition and description. […] Increasingly, however, CL is being used in the pursuit of broader research questions: […] In this sense, CL is a means to an end rather than an end in itself (McCarthy/O’Keeffe 2010: 7).

1.Premise and rationale

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