Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0924-1884
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9986
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This article is an analysis of translations into French of non-standard literary dialect, in particular the speech of African Americans, in William Faulkner’s The sound and the fury. It shows that the contingency of dialect variation upon narrative point of view (focalization) is not taken into account in translation, an omission that alters the ideological framework of the novel. In addition, it argues that the maintenance of this variation, when systematic, should be at least as important a concern as, for instance, the most accurate translation of single dialectal or non-standard words and utterances.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): English; Faulkner; French; Ideology; Literary dialect; Point of view; Polyphony; Sociolect
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