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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

Anyone who has seen Netflix’s spooky drama series Dark must have been struck by the character of 8 year-old Elisabeth Doppler, who communicates using sign language, a trait that makes the plot even more compelling. In fact, Dark has attracted comment for its use of auto-dubbed English from German and its disparity with the subtitling, also in English. Non-German speakers like me must wonder about the original. Leaving that issue aside, it is interesting that the creators devised a role for a child character who is mute.

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