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Title: Global english and english as a lingua franca (ELF) : implications for the interpreting profession
Authors : Albl-Mikasa, Michaela
Published in : trans-kom : Zeitschrift für Translationswissenschaft und Fachkommunikation
Volume(Issue) : 3
Issue : 2
Pages : 126
Pages to: 148
Publisher / Ed. Institution : trans-kom c/o Prof. Dr. Klaus Schubert
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Hildesheim
Issue Date: 2010
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Accommodation; English as a lingua franca; Global English; Conference interpreting
Subject (DDC) : 418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: The unprecedented global spread of English as a lingua franca is a recent phenomenon that poses a challenge to the age-old craft of interpreting. What little research has so far been undertaken has concentrated on the effects of non-native source text production, especially nonnative accents, on the interpreter’s comprehension process. Based on a cognitive-constructivist and functional view of language, this paper analyses the results of a questionnaire-based survey of 32 experienced conference interpreters. Examining the changes inevitably brought about by ELF, the survey looks at the impact on interpreters and their profession. The findings identified capacity-related problems not only in the comprehension process, but also, in the form of accommodation, in the (target text) production process. On a more general level, working conditions are reported to be adversely affected, with consequences for performance quality and job satisfaction.
Departement: Angewandte Linguistik
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-4080
ISSN: 1867-4844
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