Healthcare Interpreting: Discourse and Interaction

Healthcare Interpreting: Discourse and Interaction

by Franz Pochhacker, Miriam Shlesinger
     
 

This volume – the first-ever collection of research on healthcare interpreting – centers on three interrelated themes: cross-cultural communication in healthcare settings, the interactional role of persons serving as interpreters and the discourse patterns of interpreter-mediated interaction. The individual chapters, by seven innovative researchers in…  See more details below

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This volume – the first-ever collection of research on healthcare interpreting – centers on three interrelated themes: cross-cultural communication in healthcare settings, the interactional role of persons serving as interpreters and the discourse patterns of interpreter-mediated interaction. The individual chapters, by seven innovative researchers in the area of community-based interpreting, represent a pioneering attempt to look beyond stereotypical perceptions of interpreter-mediated interactions. First published as a Special Issue of Interpreting 7:2 (2005), this volume offers insights into the impact of the interpreter – whether s/he is a trained professional or a member of the patient's family – including ways in which s/he may either facilitate or impair reliable communication between patient and healthcare provider. The five articles cover a range of settings and specialties, from general medicine to pediatrics, psychiatry and speech therapy, using languages as diverse as Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Italian and Spanish in combination with Danish, Dutch, English and French.

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Editorial Reviews

Laura Callahan
This volume offers a very coherent examination of healthcare interpreting in a wide range of settings, and as such it will be of great use to students and instructors in courses having to do with this profession. Its editing is impeccable, and the presentation of data in each article is clear and easy to follow. The book will also be of interest to scholars and practitioners in other disciplines, such as translation, discourse analysis, and linguistic minorities. Each of the papers contains authentic data as well as a wealth of theoretical models. The book reviews that close the volume constitute another valuable resource for researchers. Another common conclusion is the importance of providing training for community interpreters, as well as for the healthcare professionals who will work with them. As can be seen from this collection, both types of training are still fairly scarce worldwide. Healthcare Interpreting represents a step in the right direction, since it documents the need with empirical evidence.
Prof. Andrzej Kopczynski
I am sure that Healthcare Interpreting is a book well worth having in the library of every translation/interpreting scholar.
Alexander Bischoff
Healthcare interpreting is an important volume which will promote community interpreting.
Adolfo Gentile
The fraught issue of role construction and role definition is crucial to the ultimate goal of service provision by interpreters. This volume explores and contributes to an area where these concepts have a particular prominence. The well-documented research approaches ought to encourage practitioners, students and other researchers to explore the concept of role even further and improve teaching and practice.
Eric J. Hardt MD
The debate over models for medical interpretation and roles for interpreters has been ongoing for twenty years. The experiences and needs of clinicians have drawn responses from sociologists, medical anthropologists, community advocates, and other disciplines. This new work brings the issues more clearly into focus from the point of view of academic linguistics. It provides a fascinating step forward toward a deeper understanding of medical communication across language barriers.
Christiane Nord
Healthcare interpreting has been a rather neglected field of study in the past, although it may truly be regarded as a matter of "life or death" sometimes. This highly interesting volume therefore fills a gap, providing five chapters about discourse-based research on healthcare interpreting, covering a number of settings and specialties, from general medicine to pediatrics, psychiatry and speech therapy, featuring languages such as Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Italian and Spanish in combination with Danish, Dutch, English and French, and involving both trained and untrained interpreters. Both the rich bibliography accompanying the contributions and the five book reviews included in the volume show how productive research on healthcare interpreting has become during the past ten years. Therefore, the volume is a MUST for anyone working in the field or planning to do so!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789027222398
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/06/2007
Series:
Benjamins Current Topics Series
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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