Distortion of Meaning in Consecutive Interpreting: Case of ‎Sermons in Selected Multicultural Churches in Maseru

Makhetsi Makha, Lehlohonolo Phafoli


The paper looks at the distortion of meaning in the consecutive interpreting of Sesotho to English and English to Sesotho in some multicultural churches’ sermons in the town of Maseru in Lesotho. The paper sets out to provide the general background of interpreting in the context of Pentecostal churches where distortion of meaning affects the effective communication of the Gospel. The paper relates various examples of distortions through omissions, additions and inaccurate use of target words taking into consideration the lexical items and contextual use of target language as against source language. The analysis indicates the implications brought about by these inaccurate interpreting which leads to misinterpretation of the conveyed message. The paper goes on to display some of the contributing factors towards improper interpreting. Towards the end there are recommendations which could be taken as possible solutions for overcoming some of the problems encountered during consecutive interpreting.


distortion, consecutive interpreting, sermons, pentecostal churches

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