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On April 16, World Voice Day is celebrated around the globe. The purpose of this day is to highlight and celebrate one of our most important tools for communication - our voice.

This year, Luca Riccardelli, MA, will hold a short talk on how dialects and voice quality variations are handled in translated and dubbed films, with a focus on Italy and Sweden. 

The talk will be held through Zoom between 12:15pm and 12:45pm (CEST) on April 16th, World Voice Day. This event is open to all interested participants, including those who are not students or staff at Stockholm University. The talk will be held in English, but you are free to ask questions in Swedish, Italian or German as well.

To join the talk, please connect to Zoom a few minutes beforehand using the link below:



The presence of linguistic varieties such as (regional) dialects, sociolects and voice qualities in films fulfils several functions, ranging from the localisation within a realistic environment, to the delivery of character features and comedic purposes. Substantial problems arise when a filmic work containing a degree of linguistic varieties undergoes a process of dubbing and localisation. Such problems are mainly related to the conservation or cultural transfer of the linguistic and extra-linguistics purposes served by dialectal varieties. The talk will supply a brief analysis of the major critical aspects of dubbing, as well as an overview of the most common strategies found in the translation and adaptation of films in Italy and Sweden.

About the presenter

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Luca Riccardelli.

Luca Riccardelli has a Master's degree in linguistics from La Sapienza University in Rome, and specialises in historical linguistics and dialectology. He wrote his Master's thesis on the Swedish dialect Elfdalian. Luca is fluent in Swedish, German and English and is giving this talk as part of his internship in Language Education at Språkstudion and the Department of Romance Studies and Classics.