1st Edition

Subtitling Concepts and Practices

By Jorge Díaz Cintas, Aline Remael Copyright 2021
    292 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Subtitling: Concepts and Practices provides students, researchers and practitioners with a research-based introduction to the theory and practice of subtitling. The book, inspired by the highly successful Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling by the same authors, is a new publication reflecting the developments in practice and research that mark subtitling today, while considering the way ahead.

    It supplies the core concepts that will allow its users to acquaint themselves with the technical, linguistic and cultural features of this specific yet extremely diverse form of audiovisual translation and the many contexts in which it is deployed today. The book offers concrete subtitling strategies and contains a wealth of examples in numerous languages for dealing with specific translation problems. State-of-the art translation technologies and their impact on the profession are explored along with a discussion of the ways in which they cater for the socio-political, multicultural and multilingual challenges that audiovisual productions and their translations must meet today.

    A truly multimedia package, Subtitling: Concepts and Practices comes with a companion website which includes a wide range of exercises with answer keys, video clips, dialogue lists, a glossary of concepts and terminology used in the industry and much more. It also provides access to a professional desktop subtitle editor, Wincaps Q4, and a leading cloud-based subtitling platform, OOONA.

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    How to use this book and its companion website

    1. Reconceptualizing subtitling

    2. Professional ecosystem

    3. The semiotics of subtitling

    4. Spatial and temporal features

    5. Formal and textual features

    6. The linguistics of subtitling

    7. Subtitling language variation and songs

    8. Subtitling cultural references, humour and ideology

    9. Technology in motion

    10. References

    11. Index

    12. Glossary – available on companion website

    13. Appendices – available on companion website


    Jorge Díaz Cintas is Professor of Translation and founder director (2013-2016) of the Centre for Translation Studies (CenTraS) at University College London. He is the author of numerous articles, special issues and books on audiovisual translation. He is the chief editor of the Peter Lang series New Trends in Translation Studies and a member of the European Union expert group LIND (Language Industry). He is the recipient of the Jan Ivarsson Award (2014) and the Xènia Martínez Award (2015) for invaluable services to the field of audiovisual translation.

    Aline Remael is Professor Emeritus of Translation Theory and Audiovisual Translation in the Department of Applied Linguistics/Translation and Interpreting at the University of Antwerp. She is founder of OPEN, the departmental Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture, and a member of the departmental research group TricS. Her main research interests and publications are in audiovisual translation, media accessibility and translation as a multimodal practice. She is the former chief editor of Linguistica Antverpiensia NS – Themes in Translation Studies and has been a partner in numerous European accessibility projects and a board member of ESIST, ENPSIT and EST. In 2018 she received the ESIST Jan Ivarsson Award for invaluable services to the field of audiovisual translation.



    Informed by the latest research and real-world examples, this up-to-the-minute, well-tested authoritative book aims to familiarize readers with the contemporary practices and concepts of subtitling. Jorge Díaz Cintas and Aline Remael expertly take readers through the fundamentals of subtitling. Unique to this volume is the opportunity to use tools, allowing the readers to gain hands-on experience in subtitling, enriching their learning experience.

      Minako O'Hagan, University of Auckland, New Zealand


        This long-awaited new publication is an absolute must-have for all subtitling students, trainers, researchers, practitioners and anyone who wants to stay abreast of the latest industry and research developments taking place in the dynamically growing field of subtitling. It is bound to become a classic the moment it hits the shelves.

          Agnieszka Szarkowska, University of Warsaw, Poland

          A good starting place for anyone interested in subtitling regardless of their interests in translation or for someone interested in having an informed perspective while evaluating foreign language films, regardless of their prior familiarity with the concepts. It provides detailed examples of best practices and pitfalls using accessibility and comprehension as a baseline of success. Readers will find the writing approachable and backed by linguistic research and walk away with the tools to start subtitling themselves or to understand foreign language film with new depth.

          Elizabeth Davis, Independent Scholar