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Professor Claudia V. Angelelli is Chair of Multilingualism and Communication at Heriot-Watt University,UK;  Emeritus Professor of Spanish Linguistics at San Diego State University, US and Visiting Professor at Beijing University of Foreign Studies. Her research sits at the intersection of sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and translation and interpreting studies. She is the author of Medical Interpreting and Cross-cultural Communication (Cambridge University Press), and Revisiting the Role of the Interpreter (John Benjamins). She is the editor of The Sociologial Turn in TIS, and the co-editor of Testing and Assessment in Translation and Interpreting Studies, Researching Translation and Interpreting Studies and Translation and Interpreting Pedagogy in Dialogue with other Disciplines. She is guest editor of The International Journal of the Sociology of Language (2010Translators and Interpreters: Geographic Displacement and Linguistic Consequences), Translation and Interpreting Studies (2011-The Sociological Turn in Translation and Interpreting) and Cuadernos de ALDEEU (2013- Minding the Gaps: Translation and Interpreting Studies in Academia).

Her work appears in The Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, The Critical LinkCuadernos de ALDEEUEuropean Journal of Applied Linguistics, Interpreting, Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Prcatice, META, MONTI (Monografias de Traducción e Interpretación), The Translator, TIS (Translation and Interpreting Studies), The International Journal of the Sociology of Language and numerous edited volumes.

She designed the first empirically-driven language proficiency and interpreter readiness tests for The California Endowment and Hablamos Juntos (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Prof. Angelelli is Past President of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association and has served as Director of the American Translators Association for 6 years.  She led ISO 13611: Standards on Community Interpreting.


External positions

Honorary Guest Professor, Beijing University of Foreign Studies

7 Dec 2017 → …

Professor Emerita, San Diego State University

May 2014 → …

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Research Output 1994 2018

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Translation and Interpreting

Angelelli, C. V. 18 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology. Phakiti , A., De Costa, P., Plonsky , L. & Starfield , S. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Bilingual youngster’s perceptions of their role as family interpreters: Why should their views be measured? Why should they count?

Angelelli, C. V. 2017 Non-professional Interpreting and Translation: State of the art and future of an emerging field of research. Antonini, R., Cirillo, L., Rossato, . L. & Torresi, I. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, 13. (Benjamins Translation Library; no. 129)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Looking Back: a Study of Ad-hoc Family Interpreters

Angelelli, C. V. 18 Mar 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Minding the Gaps: Towards a research-based practice of healthcare interpreting

Angelelli, C. V. 24 Feb 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 1996 2017

  • 49 Invited talk
  • 22 Other
  • 1 Membership of Advisory Panel
  • 1 Public lecture