Making sense of adversarial interpreting

Kredens, Krzysztof J (2017). Making sense of adversarial interpreting. Language and Law/Linguagem e Direito, 4 (1), pp. 17-33.


This paper makes an ontological case for ‘adversarial interpreting’, which occurs in contexts where an interpreter’s output is monitored and/or challenged, either during the speech event or subsequently, by another interpreter or individual with knowledge of both languages in question. In the absence of studies with a specific focus on the phenomenon, the paper introduces adversarial interpreting as a problem in its own right and sets out to answer the question of how the presence of two interpreters, or an interpreter and a monitoring participant, in the same speech event impacts on the communication process. The discussion is informed by the findings of a study based on the analysis of an interpreter-mediated police interview transcript and input from practising interpreters with experience of adversarial interpreting. The findings indicate that adversarial interpreting can impact the communication process negatively but can also help ensure accuracy in the semantic transfer.

Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > English Language
Languages & Social Sciences > English Language research group
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Uncontrolled Keywords: adversarial interpreting,legal interpreting
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Published Date: 2017-01-01
Authors: Kredens, Krzysztof J



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