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Cross-linguistic transference of politeness phenomena

Shih, Pei Chun (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

In this thesis, I have examined the screen translation of Japanese politeness into Cantonese dubbing as well as Chinese subtitling at three difference levels: (a) face threatening acts; (b) frequently used politeness markers and (c) discernment aspect of politeness. It is not difficult to find equivalents in the target languages for the politeness strategies exploited in dealing with face threatening acts. However, the indirectness expressed through certain commonly adopted politeness markers (such as negative interrogative) in Japanese cannot be conveyed into our target languages easily. Translators also encounter some difficulties when they deal with the discernment aspect of Japanese politeness (i.e. the distinction between plain, formal and honorific form). Both target languages are able to distinguish politeness of two levels instead of three as observed in the Japanese original. Finally, the screen translation, especially the dubbed version, of the two films that I examined demonstrates the dual role of a translated text as not only a reproduction of the original text but also a text which has its function in the target culture.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Thompson, Paul
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of English
Subjects:PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Philology. Linguistics
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1697
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