Putting directionality into context

The question of directionality, i.e. whether (simultaneous) interpreters should work only from their second into their first language or whether the opposite direction is equally acceptable or even preferable, remains controversial. Although the issue has received much attention, the results of empi...

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Published in: Stellenbosch papers in linguistics plus Vol. 45; no. 1; pp. 71 - 88
Main Author: Dose, Stefanie
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: University of Stellenbosch 01-01-2014
Stellenbosch University
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Summary: The question of directionality, i.e. whether (simultaneous) interpreters should work only from their second into their first language or whether the opposite direction is equally acceptable or even preferable, remains controversial. Although the issue has received much attention, the results of empirical studies are often conflicting, as evidence in support of both interpreting directions has been put forward. It has hence been suggested that interpreting direction may possibly be influenced by extralinguistic factors (Gile 2005). For the study reported on in this article, an analysis is carried out of the success with which interpreters recreate the source language speech's cohesive relations in their target language rendition. The results demonstrate that interpreting direction is not merely affected by at least one such variable, namely interpreters' familiarity with the context of the speech to be interpreted, but may in fact be totally outweighed by this variable.
ISSN: 1726-541X
2224-3380
DOI: 10.5842/45-0-625