Media interpreting

Franz Pöchhacker

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Media interpreting, also known as broadcast interpreting, is a form of language transfer in the media (or audiovisual translation, in the broader sense) used primarily for live mass media broadcasts. As a special domain of interpreting it has received increasing attention from interpreting scholars since the 1980s (e.g., Kurz 1990), though the practice itself dates back to the 1930s, when renowned conference interpreters such as André Kaminker and Hans Jacob interpreted speeches by Hitler simultaneously for French radio. This mode – live-broadcast simultaneous interpreting – is still regarded as the prototypical manifestation of media interpreting, which nevertheless includes other scenarios, modes and modalities as well.

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