• Claire Scammell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting book series (PTTI)


This introductory chapter begins by briefly describing the case study news event – what Sarkozy said in the ‘suburbs’ in 2005, and how the former French president’s comments were reported in the British press. The discussion highlights the impact of the translation process on the accuracy of quotations and on readers’ interpretations of foreign news events. The introduction specifies the book’s concern with the norm for domesticating news translation strategies and the case it makes for introducing a degree of foreignisation. It sets out a focus on the translation practices of the global news agencies and gives an overview of the investigation made into the potential for a foreignised approach, as a viable, ethical alternative to current practice for the Reuters news agency.


News translation Domestication Foreignisation Global news agencies Sarkozy Translation strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Scammell
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  1. 1.Freelance translator and editorStevenageUK

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