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Recipients' Spoken Language Processing Capacity as a Factor in Assessment of Documentary Voice-Over Translation

Student: Darya Girevaya

Supervisor: Tatiana Belyaeva

Faculty: School of Foreign Languages

Educational Programme: Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2019

Voice-over translation is the most popular way of translating documentary films in Russia. However, there has been little research in this sphere, and, as a result, the quality of documentaries in our country is quite low. The study intends to assess foreign documentary films and their voice-over translation with the help of the principles connected with recipients' spoken language processing capacity. The purpose of this research is to find out which of these principles were violated more often than the others. That helps translators to understand which criteria they should take into account in the first place. The research is based on comparative analysis of the original text and its voice-over translation. As the number of translated documentaries in Russia is large, in this research two documentaries from different fields of expertise were analyzed. Keywords: translation, audiovisual translation, voice-over translation, documentary films, movie text, popular science movie text, principles of assessment, comprehension, comparative analysis.

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