Multilingualism in Monsoon Wedding : how language variation and cultural references were transferred to La boda del monzón
Corrius, Montse (Universitat de Vic)
Espasa, Eva Universitat de Vic
Santamaria, Laura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Date: 2018
Abstract: Many popular English-language films display some other language(s) to a greater or lesser degree. They constitute instances of the kind of language variation we refer to as 'third language' or L3. In other words, the third language is neither the main language used in the source text, nor the main language used in the target text, but a secondary language existing in the source text, which is also embodied in the process of translating. In this presentation we will analyse Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair 2001), a film that mixes English, Hindi and Punjabi and, whilst it is not prototypically Bollywoodian, it helped the popularization of Bollywood films in Europe. The ever-growing Bollywood cinema contributes to transmitting the use of multilingualism and its nuances in India, in the same way as multilingualism is commonly used in contemporary Hollywood films, as has been studied by a number of translation scholars and in our Trafilm project, focused on the translation of multilingualism in popular films/in blockbusters. Monsoon Wedding seems to convey authentic Indian-ness to a non-Indian audience and reveals the interplay between traditional Indian culture and Indian modernity. In the original film, the use of the third languages, together with cultural elements transmitted aurally and visually, enable Nair to show the Indian Spirit: unique traditions of the past combined with modern touches. In the dubbed Spanish version both the presence of the different languages and the Indian English accents present in the source text have disappeared. We will focus on how much Indian culture was left in the dubbed Spanish version, in the context of the general findings of our Trafilm project.
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Language: Anglès.
Document: conferenceObject
Subject: Audiovisual translation ; Multilingualism ; Cinema ; South Asian studies ; Monsoon Wedding ; Third language ; L3 ; Cultural referents ; Dubbing ; Subtitling
Published in: The dubbing & subtitling of Bollywood fims: an international colloquium. Leicester, UK, : 2018



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