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Cultural Adaptation of Profanity

Student: Zlata Zhidkova

Supervisor: Natalia A. Tuliakova

Faculty: School of Arts and Humanities

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The main aim of this research is to observe different strategies of adapting profanity while translating it, especially in terms of cultural adaptation. Taboo words do not seem to be the perfect case for translating it with the best equivalence degree. Therefore, the problem with the equivalence of such collocations and words would be covered. Taking into consideration the fact that this research will cover specifically translation into the Russian language, a short overview of the Russian case of over-voicing and dubbing of the movies and tv shows will be given. Also, Russian anti-obscenity law affects translation deeply, so legal and illegal translation will differ in terms of profanity. But the main object of this research is profanity adapted to different cultures. Tv-shows portray different worlds aside from anglophone ones, including Polish, French, and even Russian. All in all, this research provides an analysis of the Russian translation market and the strategies it applies when it comes to profanities.

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