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Jovanovíc, Mladen. 1990. On translating titles. Babel 36 (4) : 213–222.
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The present article discusses the issue of translating titles. The title of a work of art (a novel, story, poem, feature film, play, etc.) is the most important word, phrase, or even sentence, of the work of art it is the title of. Therefore the title of a work of art should be given special attention to by the translator. The importance of the title stems from its function, which in turn depends on its role in communication, language communication and artistic communication. The author discusses the translation of the title of two films, Taking Off and They Shoot Horses, Don't They from English into Servo-Croatian and presents possible means to search the meaning of a title.
Source : P. Van Mulken