Translation, interpreting, and intercultural communication

Authored by: Juliane House

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138389458
eBook ISBN: 9781003036210
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This chapter provides a window into the challenging work of translators and interpreters. After discussing the relationship between language and culture, discussion centres on a functional–pragmatic theory of translation/interpreting as recontextualisation in intercultural communication. Empirical evidence is provided in the form of contrastive pragmatic and discourse analyses conducted with a particular language pair. Multiple German–English examples of ‘cultural ?ltering in translations’ in a variety of situations vividly illustrate patterns of cross-cultural difference. This chapter raises awareness of the increasing dominance of English in intercultural communication and the resulting trend towards cultural universalism and neutralism in diverse languages and cultures.

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