Publication details [#12718]

Asimakoulas, Dimitris. 2002. Subtitling humour and the humour of subtitling. CTIS Occasional Papers 2 : 71–84.


Humour is rooted in a specific linguistic cultural ad linguistic context; but it is also an indispensable part of intercultural communication, mass entertainment and films. When trying to translate humour, culturally opaque elements and language-specific devices are expected to make the translator's work difficult, while some elements are not transferred at all. This paper is an attempt to discuss data collected from films in the light of a revised version of script theory of humour; the data were culled from two films: Airplane! (1980), directed by David Zucker and Jim Abrahams and The Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad (1988), directed by David Zucker, which exhibit a great concentration of verbal humorous sequences and inventive puns as well as humorous actions and 'slapstick' humour.
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