Speaker positioning in interpreter-mediated press conferences


This article investigates potential effects which (the recontextualisation of) interpreted discourse can have on the positioning of participants. The discursive event which forms the basis of the analysis are international press conferences which bring politicians and journalists together. The dominant question addressed is: (How) do interpreter-mediated encounters influence the positioning of participants and thus the construction of interactional and social roles? The article illustrates that methods of (critical) discourse analysis can be used to identify positioning strategies which are employed by participants in such triadic exchanges. The data come from press conferences which involve English, German, and French as source and target languages.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/target.27.3.06sch
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > German
Languages & Social Sciences > Translation Studies
Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: interactional role,positioning,press conference,recontextualisation,social role,Language and Linguistics,Linguistics and Language,Communication
Full Text Link: http://www.jbe- ... rget.27.3.06sch
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015
Authors: Schäffner, Christina



Version: Accepted Version

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