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Eco-Introducing audio visual translation to the Sri Lankan University curriculum: a study based on subtitling the Japanese film 100 Yen Love in to Sinhala Language

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Languages, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka

Res. J. Language and Literature Sci., Volume 6, Issue (3), Pages 27-31, September,19 (2019)


Records indicate that a cartoon named “Little Claus and Big Claus” which was telecasted on the 15th of February 1985 was the first Sinhala dubbed televisionprogram in Sri Lanka. Even though it is almost thirty years passed since 1985, it is visible that the Sri Lankan field of Dubbing Translation has not gained any consequential touch as an entity of academic research. We can witness that the translators involve as dubbing and subtitling script writers are mostly those who have qualified in only the language proficiency but not the skills needed for the script writing. “The Jewel in the Palace” (Korea), “Oshin”(Japan) and “Dong Yi” (Korea) are classic examples for recently telecasted Tele-dramas. This research is based on the subtitling script of the Japanese film “100 Yen Love” by Take Masaharu, which was translated in to Sinhala by the author of this research. It is a contrastive analysis of the original Japanese script, author’s translation and the final production. Translating cultural terms, word limit and number of linesin a single frame were challenges as the author lacks the skills and techniques of subtitling. Audio Visual Translation (AVT) is given less attention in Sri Lanka, when compared to the other forms of literary translations. Many of the translators have not completely realized the complexity of composing a subtitling script or a dubbing script, which seeks an economical use of words and phrases. Translators who are involved in Dubbing Translation require special skills and techniques other than the literarytranslators who work on printed forms of literature. As some universities in Sri Lanka offer Translation Studies as a subject, the author recommends increasing the weightage of credits for Audio Visual Translation as a specialized course unit under the Translation Studies for those who are willing to be the translators in dubbing and subtitling fields.


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