Community-based interpreting: the interpreters' perspective

Terry Chesher, Helen Slatyer, Vadim Doubine, Lia Jaric, Rosy Lazzari

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    Interpreters who work in community settings were surveyed in a worldwide study conducted in 1998-99. The aim of the survey was to gain insight from the interpreters' perspective into the nature of community-based interpreting (CBI). Subjects were approached through interpreter associations {Critical Link and other networks) worldwide. Practising interpreters were asked to give factual details of their work, languages, experience, and training, and to express their views on their role, working conditions, and status. They were also asked to identify qualities and skills needed for CBI and the guiding principles underlying their work. Most survey questions were open-ended to give respondents the opportunity to express their thoughts more fully. The final sample of 92 interpreters, mainly working in government settings, came from seven different countries. Survey findings answered some of the questions initially raised, and the results are presented in this report. The authors would like to thank the organisers of Critical Link and those who helped with advice and with the dissemination of the survey. We also acknowledge the support of the International Federation of Translators (FIT). Thanks to Isabelle Hemlin, the questionnaire was translated into French and distributed in Quebec. We especially thank the participating interpreters, without whose insightful responses this survey would not have been possible.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe critical link 3
    Subtitle of host publicationinterpreters in the community. Selected papers from the Third International Conference on Interpreting in Legal, Health and Social Service Settings, Montréal, Quebec, Canada 22-26 May 2001
    EditorsLouise Brunette, Georges Bastin, Isabelle Hemlin, Heather Clarke
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9789027285423
    ISBN (Print)9789027216526
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventInternational Conference on Interpreting in Legal, Health and Social Service Settings (3rd : 2001) - Montréal, Canada
    Duration: 22 May 200126 May 2001

    Publication series

    NameBenjamins translation library
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Interpreting in Legal, Health and Social Service Settings (3rd : 2001)


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