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Multilingualism in the Movies

Hollywood Characters and their Language Choices

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2008. Buch. XIV, 236 S. Hardcover

Francke. ISBN 978-3-7720-8270-2

In englischer Sprache

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten; 135


Do 'bad guys' in Hollywood movies necessarily speak 'broken' English? What happens when film characters switch between English, French, or even Serbian? Why does Hollywood show Mozart and his wife speaking American English? This sociolinguistic survey is based on a corpus of multilingual movie dialogues from 32 contemporary mainstream Hollywood movies. It begins with an analysis of movies where the English Language is illogically spoken by characters who, in real life, would have used a different Language. A second major focus is on the fictional characters: how are individual multilingualism and factors such as sex, social status, and being a 'good' or a 'bad guy' interrelated? Finally, the study discusses the amount of dialogue in other Languages, how it is rendered comprehensible, and the naswitching. The results indicate that the common view of Hollywood movies contributing to ethnic stereotyping and ideologies of English-only monolingualism falls short of fictional reality.


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