Title: ELF speakers’ restricted power of expression : implications for interpreters’ processing
Authors : Albl-Mikasa, Michaela
Published in : Translation and Interpreting Studies (TIS)
Volume(Issue) : 8
Issue : 2
Pages : 191
Pages to: 210
Editors of the parent work: Baer, Brian James
Publisher / Ed. Institution : John Benjamins
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Amsterdam
Issue Date: 2013
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Conference interpreting; English as a lingua franca; Activating cues; Mental translation memory
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: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1075/tis.8.2.04alb
ISSN: 1932-2798
1876-2700
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/2350
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