A Case for Foreignised News Translation

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


This chapter highlights quotation and culture-specific concepts as two key sites of translation in the news. It describes the secondary level of mediation introduced by the translation process at these points. The norm for domesticating translation strategies is shown to be problematic on the basis that they obscure the journalist’s intervention in translated speech and remove important cultural specificity. This is shown first by drawing on a combination of translation studies and journalism studies literature, and then through discussion of the case study news event – controversial comments made by Nicolas Sarkozy as French interior minister in 2005. The chapter then details the work completed, and presented in subsequent chapters, to investigate what scope there might be for a foreignised approach to translation in the news.


News translation Domestication Foreignisation Sarkozy Culture-specific concepts Quotation 


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  • Claire Scammell
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  1. 1.Freelance translator and editorStevenageUK

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