Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Phenomena in Multimodal Communication (KLUA 2018)

Text Reduction: Strategies Adopted in Audio Visual Subtitle Translation

Authors
Antonius Suratno, Devina Christine Wijaya
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Antonius Suratno
Available Online July 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/klua-18.2018.30How to use a DOI?
Keywords
digital screen, subtitle translation, text reduction, translation strategies
Abstract

AVT (Audio Visual Translation), is one of the translation activities involving transfer of spoken and audial messages from the source text (ST) into written target texts (TT) to get displayed on digital screens. It is considered challenging because subtitle translation is constrained by the speed of spoken messages and the rolling of the digital screens. As a result, the translation work is bound to be limited in both number of characters and screen space in order to provide coherently reader-friendly texts. The constraints, consequently, compel the translators to use certain methods of translation called text reduction generally done through elimination, rendering, and condensation. This study is an attempt to find out what strategies are deployed in the subtitle translation process. Interview was also conducted to obtain first-hand information as regard the translator’s reasons for using the strategies. The result shows that text reduction manifests in elimination, rendering, and condensation strategies as a part of constraint compliance. While interview result generally invigorates the above result, there is a striking finding that translators were also compelled to conform to the standard quality of the subtitles publishing company.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Phenomena in Multimodal Communication (KLUA 2018)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
July 2018
ISBN
978-94-6252-547-4
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/klua-18.2018.30How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2018, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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