Norms of subtitling taboo language and the role of censorship in Jordan : a case study of the Arabic subtitling of 'Friends'

Krishan, TMA 2012, Norms of subtitling taboo language and the role of censorship in Jordan : a case study of the Arabic subtitling of 'Friends' , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

This study, which draws on norm theory (Toury, 1995; 1999), investigates the translation norms in subtitling taboo language (moral, religious and political) in Jordanian Television and Institution B's Arabic subtitles of the American sitcom Friends. This study aims to compare the textual-linguistic and preliminary norms in Jordanian Television and Institution B, on one hand, and to identify the changes in these norms across time in Jordanian Television and Institution B when rendering taboo language in Friends, on the other one. In order to obtain the required data three data collection methods were used in this study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with directors, subtitlers and censors in both institutions, in addition to the content analysis of the documents related to the code of practice and censorial reports of Jordanian Television (JTV) and a linguistic analysis of twelve episodes of Friends taken from seasons one, two, three and four broadcast during the period from 1996 to 2000. The results of the empirical study show differences in textual-linguistic norms used in JTV's Institution B's Arabic subtitled version when rendering taboo language in Friends. In addition, the results show changes in textual-linguistic norms in rendering moral and religious taboo across time in JTV and Institution B. The study concludes that differences in textual-linguistic norms between these institutions and within the institution itself are conditioned primarily by preliminary norms.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Hanna, S (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 08:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61513

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