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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Developing and cultivating expert interpreter competence
Authors: Albl-Mikasa, Michaela
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-4081
Published in: The Interpreters' Newsletter
Volume(Issue): 2013
Issue: 18
Page(s): 17
Pages to: 34
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Universita degli Studi di Trieste
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Trieste
ISSN: 2421-714X
Language: English
Subjects: Competence cultivation; Interpreter competence; Conference interpreting; Competence development
Subject (DDC): 418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: This paper explores the way in which 10 professional interpreters develop and cultivate their expert interpreter competence. It draws on semi-structured in-depth interviews and carries forward the previous process- and experience-based account of interpreter skills and (sub)competencies based on the same 90,000 word corpus (cf. Albl-Mikasa 2012). The main points addressed are the requirements that can be learned, the timeline of acquisition of the various (sub)competences, and the ways in which they are further developed. These ways include formal continuous professional development, semi-formal assignment-geared knowledge building, informal off-the-job acquisition of relevant information, on-the-job learning by doing, and the evolvement of savoir-faire in the course of professional life.
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

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Albl-Mikasa, M. (2013). Developing and cultivating expert interpreter competence. The Interpreters’ Newsletter, 2013(18), 17–34.
Albl-Mikasa, M. (2013) ‘Developing and cultivating expert interpreter competence’, The Interpreters” Newsletter, 2013(18), pp. 17–34. Available at:
M. Albl-Mikasa, “Developing and cultivating expert interpreter competence,” The Interpreters’ Newsletter, vol. 2013, no. 18, pp. 17–34, 2013, doi: 10.21256/zhaw-4081.
ALBL-MIKASA, Michaela, 2013. Developing and cultivating expert interpreter competence. The Interpreters‘ Newsletter. 2013. Bd. 2013, Nr. 18, S. 17–34. DOI 10.21256/zhaw-4081
Albl-Mikasa, Michaela. 2013. “Developing and Cultivating Expert Interpreter Competence.” The Interpreters’ Newsletter 2013 (18): 17–34.
Albl-Mikasa, Michaela. “Developing and Cultivating Expert Interpreter Competence.” The Interpreters’ Newsletter, vol. 2013, no. 18, 2013, pp. 17–34,

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