An invitation to dance: Deaf consumers' perceptions of signed language interpreters and interpreting

Jemina Napier, Meg J. Rohan

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    The purpose of our study was to gain an overview of deaf consumers' perceptions of actual interpreting experiences in a broad range of settings, particularly those settings in which people most commonly work with interpreters. In designing this study, we formulated the following research questions: (1) How much choice do deaf people have when selecting an interpreter, and how much control do they have over the ones they work with? (2) Do deaf people generally feel that they understand interpreters? (3) What factors affect their reported levels of comprehension? (4) How satisfied are deaf people with the interpreting services they receive? (5) Does the level of satisfaction change and, if so, according to what variables? (6) What do deaf people perceive as the best and worst things about interpreters? We hypothesized that deaf people's reported comprehension and satisfaction would be influenced by their prior experience with the interpreter, the interpreter's accreditation level, and t
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTranslation, sociolinguistic, and consumer issues in interpreting
    Place of PublicationWashington, DC
    PublisherGallaudet University Press
    Pages159 - 203
    ISBN (Print)978-1-56368-360-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Publication series

    NameStudies in interpretation
    PublisherGallaudet University Press


    • signed language interpreting, deaf people, consumers, expectations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science(all)


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