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Objectivity vs subjectivity in audio description

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2019, 20(3), pp.119-150
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2019.20.3.005
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : June 22, 2019
  • Accepted : September 17, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

Sang-Bin Lee 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article addresses a wide range of issues concerning objectivity in audio description (AD). Major research questions are as follows: What do AD guidelines prescribe for objectivity?, From what perspectives do audio describers and AD researchers view objectivity and subjectivity?, and What implications do the findings have for the AD community in South Korea? To answer these questions, the author reviewed several AD guidelines and related publications (books, scholarly journals, and online materials) and conducted an email interview with an experienced audio describer. This literature review and interview revealed main characteristics of the objectivity rules, the objectivity-subjectivity continuum, and the widening gap between AD guidelines (ideal) and professional practice (reality). The findings also showed that a new set of AD guidelines should be drawn up to better reflect conceptual approaches to objectivity, dominant AD norms (professional practice), and differences between the existing guidelines.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.