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Emotional Information in TED Talks English-Russian Voiceover: the Role of Visuals

Student: Mariya Shin

Supervisor: Tatiana Belyaeva

Faculty: School of Foreign Languages

Educational Programme: Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2021

Abstract Voiceover, being one of the three most widespread audiovisual translation (AVT) modes, has been largely overlooked in terms of research. This study focuses on voiceover translation and calls into question the role of visuals (video sequence) in English-Russian voiceover of popular science lectures, placing emphasis on emotional information. In this context, random sampling has been employed as a framework for the research – the necessary cases have been selected as they occurred in the chosen material. The research has revealed that a video sequence (gestures, facial expressions, slides, etc.) of an audiovisual product might perform a compensating function, i.e. allow a translator to omit some of the linguistic units conveying emotional information on account of their excessiveness. The results might expand the notion of the strategic competence of an audiovisual translator and have useful practical implications by aiding translators to avoid the issues imposed by voiceover as a mode of translation. Keywords: audiovisual translation, voiceover, visuals (video sequence), emotional information, popular science text, strategic competence

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