Towards a broader approach to the community interpreter’s role: On correspondence between role perceptions and interactional goals

Kaczmarek, Lukasz (2016) Towards a broader approach to the community interpreter’s role: On correspondence between role perceptions and interactional goals. Interpreting, 18 (1). pp. 57-88. ISSN 1384-6647

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Abstract

The community interpreter’s role has been described in various ways, associating it with labels (Roberts 1997), tasks (Pöchhacker 2000), dynamic positioning (Mason 2009), and the interpreter’s relative (in)visibility (Angelelli 2004). Increasingly, conceptions of role are seen not as static and absolute, but as related to the differing (and subjective) viewpoints of the various participants involved. This study uses semi-structured interviews, conducted immediately after five interpreter-mediated encounters (four medical, one legal), to examine: (1) how participants in each encounter differ in their comments on the interpreter, and (2) whether the resulting perspective on the interpreter’s role is related to each respondent’s specific conversational goal on the occasion in question. Twenty six excerpts from the interviews are discussed: all three participants (service provider, service user, interpreter) were interviewed in three cases, while the interpreter was unavailable for interview in one case and the service recipient in another. The interpreted meetings and subsequent interviews took place in London and Manchester, the languages involved being English (service providers) and Polish (service recipients). The various respondents seemed to differ in their perceptions of the interpreter’s role, ostensibly reflecting their own conversational goals, but not necessarily in line with their status as service provider, service recipient or interpreter.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community interpreter; role; impressions; expectations; conversational goal; triangulation
Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Luckasz Kaczmarek
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 17:11
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 17:11
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/980

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