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Follow-ups in interpreter-mediated interviews and press conferences

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the nature of follow-ups in interpreter-mediated interaction.The data come from international press conferences and interviews. Theinvolvement of an interpreter as an active participant in the exchange betweenpoliticians and journalists has consequences for analysing question – response –follow-up patterns. Follow-ups are understood here in the wider sense ofthematic progression and speaker positioning towards prior talk. The chapterillustrates effects of interpreter-mediated encounters on role construction andpositioning of politicians. It also illustrates how different interpreting modesand institutional arrangements influence the flow of the interaction and subsequentrecontextualisation processes such as the transfer of a press conferenceto news reports. It is argued that multiple and multilingual data can enrich theanalysis and may lead to different interpretations, also in respect of follow-ups.

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