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Non-professional Interpreting and Translation in the Media

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Edited By Rachele Antonini and Chiara Bucaria

Non-professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT) is a recent discipline. Books and volumes on this subject that combine all the different fields are extremely uncommon and authoritative reference material is scarce and mostly scattered through disparate specialized journals. There are many areas and aspects of NPIT in the media that to date have been under researched or utterly neglected. The aim of this volume is therefore to fill an important gap in the academic market and to provide an overview of diverse aspects of non-professional interpreting and translation in the media. The volume consists of a collection of essays by eminent international scholars and researchers from the field of Translation and Interpreting Studies.
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Anna Bączkowska - Quantitative study of non-professional subtitles and implications for corpus-based translator training

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Anna Bączkowska

Quantitative study of non-professional subtitles and implications for corpus-based translator training

1. Introduction

The aim of this chapter is to present the results of a quantitative analysis of data retrieved from the Learner Corpus of Subtitles (LeCoS). The corpus is an on-going project launched in 2010 and it consists of subtitles written by undergraduate students of Modern Languages. The overall goal of the project is to gather information about students’ subtitling skills, the subtitling strategies they use as well as typical language problems the students encounter, and, based on these observations, to propose some guidelines as to the objectives, content and structure of future courses in audiovisual translation focusing on subtitling. Some of the translation problem areas found in the data gathered in 2012 (henceforth Corpus B), revolving largely around lexical and stylistic issues, are presented in what follows.

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