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Translating Audio Description Scripts

Translation as a New Strategy of Creating Audio Description

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Anna Jankowska

Translating audio description scripts from foreign into source language seems to be a tempting alternative strategy of creating audio description scripts in those countries where audio description is still scarce. This book presents the results of a three-stage study. This study was conducted to test whether the translation of audio description scripts written by experienced British audio describers into Polish is a solution that is less time and money consuming. Besides it was analysed whether the scripts created through the application of the translation strategy preserve the quality that satisfies the target recipients. The obtained results prove that translation of audio description scripts is not only possible, but also beneficial when it comes to time consumption, costs and quality of audio description.
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I. Part One

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I.  Part One

The first part is divided into two main subchapters, in which we present both theoretical and practical attitude to audio description. The chapter devoted to an investigation of the theoretical aspects of audio description presents an attempt to name it, define it and place it in the frame of Translation Studies. It also presents the history of the beginnings of audio description, as well as its tradition and the state of its development. The chapter which is focused on practical aspects investigates the strategies and the process of audio description creation.

1. Audio description in theory

The following chapter, which investigates theoretical aspects of audio description, is divided into three subchapters. The first of them is devoted to the issues of the nomenclature and definition of audio description, which, although it is considered to be a young field, has many descriptions and definitions. The subchapter includes an analysis of the names which are used to define the phenomenon which is most commonly called “audio description”, its definitions formulated by active audio describers, its target group, legislative organs and scientists, who treat audio description as a subject of investigation of such fields as disability studies, sociology and linguistics.

Although it may seem surprising, audio description is also a field investigated by Translation Studies (TS) researchers. The second subchapter analyses audio description from the perspective of TS and is focused on such issues as the place of audio description in translation...

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