Self-Translating Songs: How à l'aise Are You?

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    Holtby, Jessica L
  • Producing song translations that are singable introduces issues that are not relevant to every genre of translation. As a type of constrained translation, song translation requires that the translator respect limits such as rhyme and rhythm and, in doing so, understand that the content must shift at times. This study examines some of these semantic shifts and the impact of using strict terms to define what qualifies as a translation. Additionally, this study explores self-translation and the issues that surround it, particularly concerning equivalence in song translation. Through an examination of six song translations—three of my translations of songs by other songwriters and three of my own self-translations—this study gives rare insight into the process of the self-translation of songs, and establishes that self-translation, especially of songs, cannot be held to the same standards as other types of translation in terms of faithfulness and equivalence but should, perhaps, be considered its own genre.

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    Master of Arts
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