Title: ELF speakers’ restricted power of expression : implications for interpreters’ processing
Authors : Albl-Mikasa, Michaela
Published in : Describing cognitive processes in translation : acts and events
Pages : 43
Pages to: 62
Editors of the parent work: Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen
Englund Dimitrova, Birgitta
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
Norberg, Ulf
Publisher / Ed. Institution : John Benjamins
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Amsterdam
Issue Date: 2015
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Series : Benjamins Current Topics
Series volume: 77
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Conference interpreting; English as a lingua franca; Inferential processing; Activating cues
Subject (DDC) : 418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: At the crossroads of English as a lingua franca (ELF) research and interpreting studies, it is paramount to examine why interpreters are at odds with ELF communication in general and the effects of the output of the growing number of non-native English conference speakers on their work in particular. On the basis of a small-scale case study, the stumbling blocks resulting from non-native English input are examined. The findings point towards what may be a major impediment: activation and retrieval constraints can result from ELF speakers’ restricted power of expression and have an adverse effect on the interpreter’s inferential processing and target text rendering. In the discussion, it is argued that a key problem for devising compensatory (strategic or didactic) measures may lie in the unpredictable and open-ended nature of means of expression creatively constructed by ELF speakers, which makes it extremely difficult for interpreters to build up a stock of resources that will match the ongoing input items, so that they can act as activating cues.
Departement: Angewandte Linguistik
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
Publication type: Book Part
DOI : 10.1075/bct.77
ISBN: 978-90-272-4265-5
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/2349
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik

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