Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.02.36
Ma on Katz on Adams et al.. Response to 2004.02.19
Response by John Ma, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (email@example.com)
Prof. J. T. Katz, in his review of Adams et al, Bilingualism..., states that "there are to be no subtitles" in Mel Gibson's forthcoming motion picture, "The Passion of the Christ". I believe this to be an incorrect, if widely held, belief. The news item, whose references figure below, on the well-known "website" www.imdb.com, states that Mel Gibson has decided, in a "spectacular U-turn", to include subtitles. As the date of the item indicates, this news has been out for some time. I am not aware of any subsequent decision to reverse this "U-turn". Of course, as Katz alludingly points out, it would have been far more satisfactory if there had also been koine Greek spoken in the dialogue; it would notably have been interesting to see, or indeed hear, the treatment of accent and iotacism.