Register shifts in translations of popular fiction from English into Slovene

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Major shifts in the register occur when works of popular fiction are translated into Slovene. This paper analyzes parts of seven novels of various subgenres, and finds a general shift towards an unmarked formal register and a neutral standard variety of the language. Formal or archaic texts (e.g.&#160;<i>The Lord of the Rings</i>) become less formal, colloquial-style texts (e.g.&#160;<i>Bridget Jones&#8217;s Diary</i>) become more so. Concomitantly, distinctions as to class and status, or past and present are blurred. Neutrality of style makes the texts appear less interesting or, at worst, &#8220;badly written&#8221; to the reader.


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