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ERIC Number: EJ1227802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Happily Lost in Translation: Misunderstandings in Film Dialogue
Desilla, Louisa
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v38 n5 p601-618 Sep 2019
This article examines the construal, cross-cultural relay and comprehension of misunderstandings by filmmakers, translators and audiences respectively of "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004). It reports on findings of a case-study on implicatures in these two romantic comedies (Desilla 2009/2012/2014). Both genuine and feigned misunderstandings are found in the two films. "Inter alia," the analysis will show that misunderstandings can serve comedic and/or narrative functions, the latter pertaining to both characterisation and, more crucially, plot advancement. It is also demonstrated how misunderstandings can permeate only a single layer or both layers of film communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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