Community-based interpreting

the interpreters' perspective

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

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Abstract

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 network) 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.
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, Québec, Canada 22-26 May 2001
EditorsLouise Brunette, Georges Bastin, Isabelle Hemlin, Heather Clarke
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages273-292
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9027216525
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameBenjamins translation library
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Volume46

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Chesher, T., Slatyer, H., Doubine, V., Jaric, L., & Lazzari, R. (2003). Community-based interpreting: the interpreters' perspective. In L. Brunette, G. Bastin, I. Hemlin, & H. Clarke (Eds.), The Critical link 3: interpreters in the community : selected papers from the Third International Conference on Interpreting in Legal, Health and Social Service Settings, Montréal, Québec, Canada 22-26 May 2001 (pp. 273-292). (Benjamins translation library; Vol. 46). Amsterdam ; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.