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10th March, 2016

Slang in translated detective fiction: How much is enough?

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10th March, 2016
City University London, Tait Building room C309, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
Attendance is free, please register

Plenary lecture in Translation with Dr Daniel Linder, University of Salamanca

Translation of slang in (detective) fiction tends to involve some loss, yet readers generally enjoy a similar experience of the author’s realistic portrayal of the (under)world. How is it possible for there to be less slang yet enough for readers to sense it and enjoy it? Prof. Daniel Linder shows source-text and target-text passages from American and Iberian novelists and uses reader reception questionnaires to demonstrate how less slang in translated texts does not necessarily lessen the reading experience.

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