An invitation to dance

deaf consumers' perceptions of signed language interpreters and interpreting

Jemina Napier*, Meg J. Rohan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Research on signed language interpreting is an emerging subdiscipline of interpreting and translation studies (Pöchhacker, 2004), and the number of research-based publications has been gradually increasing (see Harrington & Turner, 2001; Janzen, 2005; Marschark, Peterson, & Winston, 2005; Metzger, Collins, Dively, & Shaw, 2003; Metzger & Fleetwood, 2005). Typically, these studies have focused on interpreters' production of an interpreted message in one direction, on equivalence and accuracy (Cokely, 1992; Napier, 2002; Russell, 2002), or on the interactive nature of interpreting (Metzger, 1999; Roy, 2000), but very few researchers have examined interpreting from the perspective of the deaf consumer and actually involved deaf people in the analysis of interpreting and interpreters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranslation, sociolinguistic, and consumer issues in interpeting
EditorsMelanie Metzger, Earl Fleetwood
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherGallaudet University Press
Number of pages45
ISBN (Print)9781563683602, 1563683601
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in interpretation
PublisherGalldaudet University Press


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Napier, J., & Rohan, M. J. (2007). An invitation to dance: deaf consumers' perceptions of signed language interpreters and interpreting. In M. Metzger, & E. Fleetwood (Eds.), Translation, sociolinguistic, and consumer issues in interpeting (pp. 159-203). (Studies in interpretation; Vol. 3). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.