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Sign Language Interpreting: Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality

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As with all professional interpreters, sign language interpreters strive to achieve the proper protocol of complete objectivity and accuracy in their translation without influencing the interaction in any way. Yet, Melanie Metzger's significant work Sign Language Interpreting: Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality demonstrates clearly that the ideal of an interpreter as a neutral language conduit does not exist. Metzger offers evidence of this disparity by analyzing two video-taped ASL-English interpreted medical...
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Overview

As with all professional interpreters, sign language interpreters strive to achieve the proper protocol of complete objectivity and accuracy in their translation without influencing the interaction in any way. Yet, Melanie Metzger's significant work Sign Language Interpreting: Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality demonstrates clearly that the ideal of an interpreter as a neutral language conduit does not exist. Metzger offers evidence of this disparity by analyzing two video-taped ASL-English interpreted medical interviews, one an interpreter-trainee mock interview session, and the other an actual encounter between a deaf client and a medical professional.

Sign Language Interpreting relies upon an interactional sociolinguistic approach to ask fundamental questions regarding interpreter neutrality. First do Interpreters influence discourse, and if so, how? Also, what kind of expectations do the participants bring to the event, and what do the interpreters bring to discussions? Finally, how do their remarks affect their alignment with participants in the interaction? Using careful assessments of how those interviews were framed, and also re-interviewing the participants for their perspectives, this penetrating book discloses the ways in which interpreters influence these situations. It also addresses the potential implications of these findings regarding sign language interpretation in medical, educational, and all other general interactions. Interpreter trainers and their students will join certified interpreters and deal studies scholars in applauding and benefiting from the fresh ground broken by this provocative study.

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Demonstrates that the ideal of a sign language interpreter as a nonpartisan language conduit does not exist in reality, and offers evidence of this disparity by analyzing two videotaped ASL-English interpreted medical interviews. Looks at how interpreters influence discourse, expectations of participants and interpreters in discussions, and the ways in which interpreters affect exchanges, and addresses potential implications of these findings regarding language interpretation in medical, educational, and other contexts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563683442
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,010,107
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Neutrality in Translation and Interpretation 1
2 Analyzing Interpreted Medical Interviews 25
3 Interactive Frames and Schema in Interpreted Medical Encounters 49
4 Participation Frameworks: The Role of the Interpreter 91
5 The Interpreter's Paradox 157
Notes 205
Appendix 1 Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Ethics 207
Appendix 2 Transcription Conventions 213
Appendix 3 Full Transcript of Example 3.8 215
References 217
Index 229
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