Exacerbating cultural differences in translation/interpreting as intercultural mediation

Abstract

This chapter explores how the intercultural mediation (IM) of translation/interpreting exacerbates cultural differences. Using a survey of 50 professional translators/interpreters (T/Is) and 50 expert users of such services, combined with follow-up focus group interviews, the chapter unpacks the complexities involved in the IM of T/Is. Five main causes of IM failure were identified: Mismatched expectations, lack of power and authority (including mediational authority), cultural misunderstanding, insufficient linguistic and/or thematic knowledge, and contextual constraints. The findings illuminate the key issues surrounding the what, who, and how of IM in translation/interpreting and contribute to their nuanced understanding.

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Keywords

Intercultural communication, Intercultural mediation, Translation studies

Citation

Wang, J. (2022) Exacerbating cultural differences in translation/interpreting as intercultural mediation. In: D. Busch (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Intercultural Mediation. New York: Routledge, pp. 423-432

Rights

Research Institute

Institute of English