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Deaf Interpreters at Work

International Insights

Robert Adam, Christopher Stone, Steven D. Collins, Melanie Metzger

Publication Year: 2014

Now, for the first time, a collection featuring 17 widely respected scholars depicts the everyday practices of deaf interpreters in their respective nations. Deaf Interpreters at Work: International Insights presents the history of Deaf translators and interpreters and details the development of testing and accreditation to raise their professional profiles. Other chapters delineate the cognitive processes of Deaf interpreting; Deaf-Deaf interpreter teams; Deaf and hearing team preparation; the use of Tactile American Sign Language by those interpreting for the Deaf Blind community; and conference interpreting and interpreting teams. Along with volume coeditors Christopher Stone, Robert Adam, and Steven D. Collins, contributors include Markus Aro, Karen Bontempo, Juan Carlos Druetta, Senan Dunne, Eileen Forestal, Della Goswell, Juli af Klintberg, Patricia Levitzke-Gray, Jemina Napier, Brenda Nicodemus, Debra Russell, Stephanie Sforza, Marty Taylor, and Linda Warby. The scope of their research spans the world, including many unique facets of interpreting by deaf people in Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, and the United States, establishing this work as the standard in this burgeoning discipline.

Published by: Gallaudet University Press

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pp. vi-ix

Although this may be the eleventh volume in the series “Studies in Interpretation” published by Gallaudet University Press, this is the first that focuses on the research studying the work of Deaf interpreters. While this is by no means an exhaustive compendium of this topic, it is the first attempt that collates the work done to date and to present to the reader..


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Deaf Interpreters: An Introduction

Robert Adam, Markus Aro, Juan Carlos Druetta, Senan Dunne, and Juli af Klintberg

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pp. 1-18

We, the authors of this chapter, have worked together as Deaf interpreters in various combinations at international events over the years. Our earliest collaborations go back to 2003. We come from different family, cultural, and language backgrounds, but we nonetheless have much in common. We believe that our personal experiences reveal the cultural, political, and social elements of interpreting, and we use this...

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DI(2) = Team Interpreting

Stephanie Sforza

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pp. 19-28

In recent years a veritable explosion in the use of de af interpreters in mental health, legal, and medical settings and in classrooms has occurred (Forestal, 2005), where deaf interpreters even work in teams from time to time (Forestal, 2005, p. 250). Since the 1980s there has been an everincreasing demand for good-quality certifi ed deaf interpreters, but little research has been done on deaf interpreters and deaf interpreter teams...

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Deaf Interpreters: The Dynamics of Their Interpreting Processes

Eileen M. Forestal

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pp. 29-50

This chapter is based on a qualitative study that was completed in November 2011. The goal of the study was to acquire a unique perspective of what Deaf interpreters do to facilitate communication between Deaf consumers (DCs), hearing consumers (HCs), and the hearing interpreter team member. Deaf interpreters normally work with a hearing...

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Testing Times: Toward the Professionalization of Deaf Interpreters in Australia

Karen Bontempo, Della Goswell, Patricia Levitzke-Gray, Jemina Napier, and Linda Warby

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pp. 51-89

The employment of Deaf interpreters (DIs) in Australia has increased over the last decade; however, training and DI provision continue to occur on an ad hoc basis (Bontempo & Levitzke-Gray, 2009). Key barriers to further development and eventual professionalization of DIs include the lack of understanding and recognition of their role and the skills they bring to interpreting situations (Collins & Walker, 2005). This chapter ...

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Deaf and Hearing Interpreting Team Preparation: A Study Using Conversation Analysis

Brenda Nicodemus and Marty M. Taylor

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pp. 90-116

Conversation is fundamental. We use conversation to act in the world— to order a cup of coffee, to run a meeting, to build friendships, and to work with others. It is precisely because of its crucial role in our personal, political, and professional lives that conversation deserves serious examination. What expectations do individuals bring to their conversations? Why do some conversations create a sense of collaboration while others...

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Adverbial Morphemes in Tactile Sign Language: Deaf-Blind Interpreting

Steven D. Collins

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pp. 117-139

For the past two decades and more, the role of deaf interpreters and translators in deaf and hard of hearing communities around the world has received growing attention, both in practice and in the literature (Collins, 1993; Ressler, 1999; Boudreault, 2005). According to Boudreault (2005), d/Deaf interpreters (DIs) work in a variety of capacities,...

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Conference Interpreting and Interpreting Teams

Christopher Stone and Debra Russell

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pp. 140-156

The practice of Deaf people working as interpreters is growing in both importance and prevalence in many countries, and numerous contributions to this volume demonstrate that Deaf people have worked as interpreters (DIs) for a very long time. Traditionally, however, they do not perform as platform interpreters at conferences....


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pp. 159-166

E-ISBN-13: 9781563686108
E-ISBN-10: 1563686104
Print-ISBN-13: 9781563686092
Print-ISBN-10: 1563686090

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2014