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Translating humorous elements in children's books - Astrid Lindgren's Bill Bergson books in English and German
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies.
2018 (English)In: Linguaculture, ISSN 2067-9696, no 2, p. 99-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research in the translation of humorous elements in children’s books is a complex subject, which cannot be reduced to studies of wordplay and of other highly humorous items. The translation of slightly humorous items can also influence the whole literary work if such elements are used frequently. This article analyses the ways in which such funny instances were dealt with in the English and German translations of the Bill Bergson books (original name: Kalle Blomkvist) by the Swedish author of children’s books Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002). More specifically, it discusses the translation of several funny words and expressions, repetitions and exaggerations.It is shown that the humorous effects in the English translation are sometimes less obvious than in the German translation, even if both translated texts rendered the majority of humorous instances in a very funny way.  

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2018. no 2, p. 99-110
Keywords [en]
translation of humour, children's literature, Astrid Lindgren, Bill Bergson, skaz
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Translation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165604DiVA, id: diva2:1285133
Available from: 2019-02-01 Created: 2019-02-01 Last updated: 2019-02-12

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