AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 4, Number3. August 2020 Pp. 191-197
Institute of Translation
University of Algiers 2, Algeria
Institute of Translation
University of Algiers 2, Algeria
Over the last decades, explicitation has been gaining ground in translation studies, especially after the formulation of Blum-Kulka’s explicitation hypothesis in 1986. The present study aims to investigate explicitation in subtitling from English into Arabic by examining three cohesive devices i.e., reference, substitution, and ellipsis. For the purpose of this study, a parallel corpus was elaborated, consisting of fifteen TED-Ed lessons. The research material is one hour and four minutes, and the total word count of the parallel corpus is 17,491 words. The data collection and analysis were conducted manually. Instances of explicitation of cohesive devices were detected and categorized according to their nature i.e., reference, substitution, or ellipsis based on the model of cohesion proposed by Halliday and Hasan (1976). The findings of the study indicate that instances of explicitation of the three cohesive devices were observed in the corpus under investigation. The findings also show a high percentage of reference-based explicitation (75.86%) followed by substitution-based explicitation (13.79%) and ellipsis-based explicitation (10.34%). Further investigation could be made to generalize the results using a larger corpus, exploring explicitation of other linguistic features, and including different genre of AVT products.
Moud, H., & Bekkouche, M. S. (2020). Shifts of Cohesion in Subtitling from English into Arabic: A Corpus-Based Study on Explicitation of Reference, Substitution, and Ellipsis. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 4 (3) 191-197.
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Halima Moud is a PhD student at the Institute of translation at the University of Algiers 2. Her
areas of interest include translation studies, audiovisual translation, and corpus-based studies.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8570-2690
Mohamed Salah Bekkouche is a professor at the University of Algiers 2, and the head of the
laboratory of translation of historical documents at the same university. He has been supervising
both undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1990. He is in charge of PhD project
programme on Translation of science and technology. He is also training PhD students at the
Institute of translation, the Department of English studies, and the Department Spanish studies.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-2345-6789