3. “You are not too funny”

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Drawing on conversation analysis and politeness theory, this chapter deals with repair, face-work and participation (footing) shifts in interpreter-mediated talkshows. In order to account for the specific features of this form of dialogue interpreting, the notion of ‘controlling participation’ is suggested as a more relevant alternative to that of ‘coordinating participation’. The chapter discusses several types of other-correction and other-initiation as employed by primary speakers (usually the host) to address various aspects of the interpreter’s turn. Repairing actions, as well as other conversational moves (formulations, competitive interruptions, anticipatory completions) are described and characterized according to their face-threatening and role-challenging potential, as well the role they play as ‘part of the show’.


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