Professionalisation of interpreting in the community

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In this paper, I argue for a revised understanding of interpreting as a comprehensivelycollaborative activity. In presenting this case, I focus on the interpreter’s role as a weaver-together of narratives and a connector of people. I stress the interpreter’s task of working with others, i.e. actively bringing them into the process of negotiating meaning, to share triadic communicative events where participants constantly align and re-align themselves in complex kaleidoscopic ways to achieve their collective communicative goals. Building on previous work, I work towards the notion of a cycle of empowerment, reinforcing the imperative to work closely with the full range of relevant stakeholders to construct, implement and refine a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Critical Link 4
Subtitle of host publicationSelected papers from the 4th International Conference on Interpreting in Legal, Health and Social Service Settings, Stockholm, Sweden, 20-23 May 2004
EditorsCecilia Wadensjö, Birgitta Englund Dimitrova, Anna-Lena Nilsson
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789027292711
ISBN (Print)978-90-272-1678-6
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • sign language interpreting
  • interpreting studies
  • community interpreting
  • Interpreting
  • professional work
  • Professions
  • Public Service Interpreting


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