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A study of Thomas Tidholm's translation of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper was to determine whether Thomas Tidholm’s translation of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a near equivalent of the original text, especially regarding humorous material. For the study of this problem, the English text was read in parallel with the Swedish translation and the material was restricted to every tenth page. A number of linguistic areas were analyzed: proper names, invented words, metaphors, similes, additions, omissions, mistranslations and wordplay. Overall, the study shows that Tidholm’s translation is quite faithful to the original text and many linguistic features have been translated fairly directly. Although several mistranslations are found in the analysed material, they are not severely damaging to the text. The study also demonstrates that much of the humour is preserved or recreated in the translation.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, Translation, Linguistics, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the, Galaxy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Thomas Tidholm
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51283ISRN: LTU-CUPP--05/087--SELocal ID: 87e4f7b1-3192-4448-95b5-bed448469a17OAI: diva2:1024644
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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