Semantic Transposition of Humour in the Translation of Blackadder TV Series into Bosnian

Selma Đuliman


The paper discusses the formation of semantic fields in dialogues from the Blackadder TV series, observed through Victor Raskin’s Semantic Script Theory of Humour, in two ways: in the source-text in English and in the Bosnian translation. The corpus is also observed through semantically relevant binary oppositions which this theory entails, as well as transformations realised in the translation procedure. The initial framework for establishing binary oppositions is Raskin’s model of three conceptual categories of semantic scripts: those of common sense, restricted and individual.


semantics; humour; Blackadder; linguistic theories of humour

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