5 - Negotiating Meaning in Face-to-Face Interpreting: An intercultural perspective. Ian Mason ( Heriot Watt University ) Sichuan University, October 2013. Interculturality. New book published in USA by Chinese-American Amy Chua (professor of law at Yale University):
Ian Mason (Heriot Watt University)
Sichuan University, October 2013
A Hello, Mr X
X Hello, Mr A
A It’s been a long time since we saw each other last
X Yes, too long, I’m afraid
A Well, that depends on what you mean by a long time …
Directness ---------- Indirectness
towards self ---------- towards Other
towards Content ---------- towards Addressees
Explicitness ---------- Implicitness
Ad hoc Formulation ----------Verbal Routines
E. Goffman (1981), p.128
Interpreter’s footing at a war-crimes trial
[The judge is asking you whether…]
[The witness replies that…]
Therapy session at Vienna hospital (German/Serbian)
T Now look, today we won’t sit down, today we’ll lie down, like in sleeping.
I You will lie down here.
T Hm?… Do you mind that?
T Shall we do that?
T Yes, good. Do you understand me? [to I] Tell him to/
I Do you understand? The lady says you should lie down. Down there you should lie down, down there.
Pochhacker & Kadric (1999)
T Do you understand me? [to I] Tell him to/
I Do you understand? The lady says you should lie down…
An example: courtroom interpreting (Berk-Seligson 1988;1990)
Angelelli (2012): pain-rating scales
Nurse: Okay, from a scale from one to ten, ten being the worst pain, is it a ten? (…)
Patient: Well. Yes. I have had it since this morning. It is there, I can feel it, not very strong but…
Interp: How strong is not very strong, is it a 5, a 3 or a…
Patient: More or less like a 5
Off.Did you look round for a job in Poland?
Int.[Did you look for work? You looked for work and there wasn’t any?]
Int.Yes, he was looking for work but there was no work.Berriff 1997