Language(s) in the global news
Translation, audience design and discourse (mis)representation
In September 1999 B.J. Habibie, then President of Indonesia, made a public statement concerning the proposed deployment of UN peacekeeping troops to East Timor. Habibie made ‘the statement’ twice, once in Indonesian, then again in English, and differences between the two resulting texts cannot straightforwardly be explained in terms of the different languages employed. This paper examines the two original versions, along with various representations of these that appeared in British and US news media. Processes of text production and dissemination are discussed, and linguistic and translational choices analysed in relation to context and audience, along with the possible reasons underlying those choices and some of their potential effects upon interpretation. In this case, it is argued, different news audiences may have received significantly different impressions of the content and tone of the original speech—depending, for example, upon the particular media through which they accessed the text.
- 2.Newsmakers, media and the public: Language(s) and ‘audience design’
- 3.Contexts and texts
- 4.SE as translation of SI
- 5.The two texts: An agenda for closer analysis
- 5.1invite vs. accept
- 5.2Justifying the ballot
- 5.3Loss of life
- 5.4 ‘To protect the people...’
- 6.Media representations : The CNN voiceover
- 6.1‘Loss of life’
- 6.2Nation, peoples, and the international community
- 6.2.1Saya mengerti bahwa ... vs. We are fully grateful for ...
- 6.2.2bangsa vs. peoples
- 6.2.3teman-teman di seluruh dunia vs. our friends in the international community
- 7.Media representations : Representing text as text
- 8.Media representations : Representing text as event
- 9.Concluding remarks
Published online: 01 May 2007
Calzada Pérez, Maria
Herman, Edward S. and Robert W. McChesney
Vermeer, Hans J.
2004 “The languages of global news” (report on the proceedings of a symposium held by the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies, April 23rd 2004). http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ctccs/research/tgn/events/2004/report.pdf
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