Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Not specified
Title: Court interpreting : practical experience and implications for training interpreters
Authors: Hofer, Gertrud
Proceedings: MuTra : Challenges of Multidimensional Translation
Conference details: EU High Level Scientific Conferences - Marie Curie Euroconferences, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany, 2-6 May 2005
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MuTra
ISBN: 069-1306222
Language: English
Subjects: Training; Professional education; Court interpreting
Subject (DDC): 378: Higher education
418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: In the course of the 20th century, Switzerland became far more than quadrilingual due to migration. On account of this linguistic change, the need for interpreting rose considerably and has continued to rise. Most of the languages that need to be interpreted for Swiss authorities and institutions are languages for which no accredited interpreter training exists in Switzerland. Many interpreters thus lack professional skills in or even basic knowledge of interpreting and notation techniques and lack awareness of the interpreters' code of ethics and of their professional role. Moreover, many interpreters have insufficient competence in one of the languages of the interpreting pair and/or in the complex syntactic structures and specialized terminology required. Many also lack the special background knowledge assumed in various areas, be it medical, educational or legal. In these cases, the quality of interpreting is unlikely to be satisfactory and communication is hampered or even fails completely. These communication problems are shared by Switzerland and many other countries; it is precisely here that institutes of translation and interpreting can suggest new solutions. The paper outlines initial steps towards heightened expertise and professionalism in public interpreting services: since 2003 a basic educational program for court interpreters has been offered in the Canton of Zurich.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.