Al Jazeera In 1000 Academic Studies

167. Name: Jasim Khalifah Sultan Al-Maryani Title: The Manipulation of Ideology in the Simultaneous Interpreting of Political Discourse (Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera Al-Hurra and Russia Today) Institution: Queen’s University Belfast Country: United Kingdom Date: 2017 Abstract: The live simultaneous interpreting of political discourse has become an increasingly important means through which audiences shape their understanding of, and determine their reaction to the West. Interpreters play a key role in this process of understanding the ‘other’, but some have also used their powerful position to manipulate utterances towards certain ethnic, political or social agendas. This study addresses such manipulation, motivated by the challenge of rectifying Arab audiences’ possible misconceptions about interpreting processes, and in particular as to the impossibility of unmediated access to the source text. The thesis uses discourse analysis of ideology in translating Barack Obama’s keynote speech ‘A New Beginning’ into Arabic by Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera and Russia Today. Initial conclusions suggest that the interpreters intervene to represent certain ideological positions. These conclusions are further tested by applying the same model to Obama’s speech ‘A Moment of Opportunity’ with three renderings, taken from Al-Hurrah, Al Jazeera, and Al Arabiya. The broad conclusion is that manipulative intervention, resulting from different constraints under which interpreters live and work, is a defining characteristic of everyday live simultaneous interpreting into Arabic.


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