MSiI3.1 (S)

Anno accademico: 2020–2021
Corso: Mediazione linguistica – lingua inglese
Insegnamento: Mediazione scritta in inglese 3.1 (MSdI3.1)– Traduzione audiovisiva: traduzione per il voice-over S
CFU: 2,25
Docente: Salvatore Mele (


The course will analyse the different aspects involved in providing translation for voice-over purposes, including the phases of transcription, timing and cueing (“spotting”), translation, adaptation, and final revision or proof-reading. A variety of textual/media types will be dealt with, including interviews and news/current affairs.


The course aims to familiarise students with the basic tenets underlying translation for the purposes of voice-over. By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • “spot” a visual media sequence, thus providing the temporal constraints within which the voice-over text must be provided;
  • transcribe, or at least be able to check the transcription of, the audio media sequence for subtitling:
  • provide a basic translation of the sequence;
  • analyse and define the types of modifications or adaptations necessary for the final voiced sequence (including textual condensation, omission, ellipsis, paraphrasing and lexical and syntactical simplification);
  • how to deal with overly complex and/or confused source text
  • undertake adequate posttranslation revision and final editing of voice-over text.

Although the course is language- and direction-specific, the basic underlying features of the translation process for voice-over purposes can also be applied to other languages and directions.


Voice-over project – students are required to submit a voice-over project, based on audiovisual material to be chosen by the course teacher. For the 4- to 6-minute sequence of audiovisual material, students must provide the following:

  • a transcription of the original;
  • a “bridging” translation;
  • a final version for voice-over (including spotting).


The basic bibliography for voice-over is derived from the subtitling course. Further reading will be provided as needed during the course.

de Linde, Zoé, and Neil Kay. The Semiotics of Subtitling. Manchester: St Jerome Publishing, 1999.

Ivarsson, Jan, and Mary Carroll. Subtitling. Simrishamn: TransEdit HB, 1998.

Perego, Elisa. La traduzione audiovisiva. Roma: Carocci, 2005.