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Domestication Norms in French and Swedish: A Comparative Study of Subtitles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

France has long had its foreign audiovisual material dubbed. If this is due to an attempt to conserve the French language, there should also be similar concern with foreign cultural references. This essay uses qualitative analyses of extralinguistic references to discover if a so-called domesticating practice is notable also in French subtitling. Sweden, however, is a smaller country, and may be considered more Americanized culturally. Swedish subtitling is used as the more globalized counterpart.

This research cites instances in which extralinguistic references are made and how they are subsequently dealt with in the translated subtitles. The instances are singled out and then individually analyzed. Using four categories of translation methods for Extralinguistic Cultural References (ECRs), this study investigates whether translation norms differ between Swedish and French subtitles.

This study‘s most important finding is that there do seem to be different norms for Swedish and French subtitles and that the francophone target audience is not required to move so far from its domestic reference frame as is the Swedish target audience.

Another important finding is that while there are both quantitative and qualitative differences, there are also striking similarities on the statistical level, indicating that there are global norms that govern translation in general, and specifically subtitling.

The results are interesting for the discussion around which ECRs are domesticated, but also for further sociolinguistic analyses of French domestication.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
Domestication, Subtitling, French, Swedish, Extralinguistic Cultural References
Keyword [sv]
Undertexter, Svenska, Franska
National Category
Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38762OAI: diva2:314602
2010-01-13, Department of English, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-09-09 Created: 2010-04-28 Last updated: 2010-09-09Bibliographically approved

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