Dealing with interactionally risky speech acts in simultaneous interpreting: The case of self-praise

Dayter, Daria. (2021) Dealing with interactionally risky speech acts in simultaneous interpreting: The case of self-praise. Journal of pragmatics, 174. pp. 28-42.

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Self-praise is a speech act that gives credit to the speaker for some attribute or possession that is positively valued by the speaker and the potential audience. This exploratory study aims to investigate the presence of self-praise in Russian and English political discourse and the choices made by simultaneous interpreters when interpreting this speech act. The paper, first of all, breaks new ground by providing a comprehensive literature review, making the existing pragmatic theories of self-praise relevant to interpreting contexts. Secondly, the findings confirm that self-praise is present in political discourse in both languages, but is confined to the subgenre of oral reporting (for example, reports on the results of a Universal Periodic Review). To perform self-praise, both English and Russian political speakers choose the path of mild intensification. When strong intensification does occur, it is attenuated in interpretation. The interpreters most commonly render self-praise in the same intensity as it occurred in the source. The runner-up is the strategy of mild attenuation while preserving explicit self-praise. Very seldom, self-praise is omitted completely in interpretation. Interpreters into Russian in this corpus attenuate self-praise more often, although the difference between the directions of interpreting is not significant.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Linguistics (Locher)
UniBasel Contributors:Dayter, Daria
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:05 Feb 2021 10:20
Deposited On:04 Feb 2021 17:47

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