Joking apart: humour in advertising and its translation are a serious matter

Cocconcelli, Martina (2022) Joking apart: humour in advertising and its translation are a serious matter. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Specialized translation [LM-DM270] - Forli'
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Through the analysis of some case studies, this thesis aims at exploring translation strategies of humour in advertising. Every day we are surrounded by advertising material which prompts us to buy a certain product. Consequently, translation in this field takes on an importance that goes beyond mere linguistic rendition: the quality of the translation may have economic consequences for the underlying company. To this peculiar situation, some advertisements show an even more specific feature on which this study focuses: humour. Humour in advertising is a rather recent strategy with the great advantage of attracting attention and ensuring a greater impact on potential consumers. As a result, translating humour in advertising becomes an operation to be carried out with great awareness: first of all, it is necessary to know the culture (and not only the language) of the audience to which the advertisement is addressed, in order to preserve the humorous effect and avoid introducing offensive elements, one of the risks that will be discussed in the paper. This thesis begins with a theoretical section, which is divided into four chapters devoted respectively to the history and language of advertising, the history and theories of humour, humour as a strategy in advertising, and the translation of humour in advertising (with particular reference to examples of creative translations that demonstrate a mastery of the language and knowledge of the target culture). The analytical section is entrusted to the fifth chapter, which is dedicated to the analysis of humour-based advertising material. In order to preserve the coherence of the case study, international advertising campaigns of only one product type (beer) were chosen.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
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Cocconcelli, Martina
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Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
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Data di discussione della Tesi
13 Luglio 2022

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