Rhetoric in Society edition:3 location:Lessius Antwerpen date:26-28 January 2011
Based on a transcript of an interpreter-mediated authentic proceeding at a Belgian Assize Court, this paper compares the source and target version of a prosecution’s indictment. The analysis deals more specifically with the shifts operated by the interpreter in the prosecutor’s ethos. Corroborating the findings of previous studies on courtroom interpreting (Hale, 2001; Wadensjö, 1998), the results show that the interpreter is an active and all but impartial participant in the interaction. In a larger account, this case study argues that the theory of classical rhetoric is a useful instrument for the description and analysis of interpreter-mediated legal discourse.