(A)bridging the Gap – A study of the norms and laws in the intralingual translation of the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

  • Manuel Moreno Tovar University of Tartu
Palabras clave: intralingual, lectores por niveles, DTS, normas de traducción, leyes de traducción, Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None


In the last decade, intralingual translation has started to gain momentum amongst a number of translation academics. Nevertheless, some types of intralingual translation remain largely undiscovered, such as the process of abridgement in the production of simplified versions of classic literary works (i.e. graded readers). This article subjects three chapters of the abridged version of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie to qualitative analysis using Descriptive Translation Studies theory. The aim is to contribute to bridging a research gap in Translation Studies by examining the norms and laws governing the process of abridgement. Translation norms and laws are detected by situating the source and the target texts in their respective socio-cultural backgrounds and by analysing translation shifts. Relevant shifts are identified by means of a check-list of features elaborated on the basis of theory on graded readers, which classifies them into lexical, structural and information shifts. The results of the analysis showcase the vast research potential of intralingual translation for language learning purposes.

Keywords: Intralingual translation, abridgement, graded readers, DTS, translation norms, translation laws, Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None


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Biografía del autor/a

Manuel Moreno Tovar, University of Tartu

Manuel Moreno Tovar holds a bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting (English and German) from the University of Granada. In 2012 he received an Erasmus scholarship to study in Ghent (Belgium) for an academic year. He has also participated in international mobility programmes at the University of Seoul (South Korea) and Tohoku University (Japan). For his postgraduate studies, he opted for a master’s degree in Translating at Heriot-Watt University (Scotland). Upon graduation, he was selected for a traineeship at the Directorate-General for Translation in Brussels. Then he returned to Granada, where he was employed as a Dutch lecturer and a technical assistant for research at the University of Granada. He is currently pursuing a PhD programme at the University of Tartu (Estonia), where he is also involved in LGBT+ activism and the fight against the climate crisis. His project focuses on intralingual translation for language learners from a gender-sensitive approach.


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Moreno Tovar, M. (2020). (A)bridging the Gap – A study of the norms and laws in the intralingual translation of the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Revista De Lenguas Para Fines Específicos, 26(1), 51-68. Recuperado a partir de https://ojsspdc.ulpgc.es/ojs/index.php/LFE/article/view/1234
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