Non-professional Interpreting and Translation

State of the art and future of an emerging field of research

| University of Bologna
| University of Siena
| University of Bologna
| University of Bologna
ISBN 9789027258755 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266088 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
In the light of recent waves of mass immigration, non-professional interpreting and translation (NPIT) is spreading at an unprecedented pace. While as recently as the late 20th century much of the field was a largely uncharted territory, the current proportions of NPIT suggest that the phenomenon is here to stay and needs to be studied with all due academic rigour.

This collection of essays is the first systematic attempt at looking at NPIT in a scholarly and at the same time pragmatic way. Offering multiple methods and perspectives, and covering the diverse contexts in which NPIT takes place, the volume is a welcome turn in an all too often polarized debate in both academic and practitioner circles.
[Benjamins Translation Library, 129]  2017.  vii, 415 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introducing NPIT studies
Rachele Antonini, Letizia Cirillo, Linda Rossato and Ira Torresi
Part 1. State of the art of research on NPIT and general issues
Chapter 2. Unprofessional translation: A blog-based overview
Brian Harris
Chapter 3. We are all translators: Investigating the human ability to translate from a developmental perspective
Bogusława Whyatt
Chapter 4. Dialoguing across differences: The past and future of language brokering research
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana
Part 2. NPIT in healthcare, community and public services
Chapter 5. Intercultural mediation and “(non)professional” interpreting in Italian healthcare institutions
Claudio Baraldi and Laura Gavioli
Chapter 6. More than mere translators: The identities of lay interpreters in medical consultations
Anna Claudia Ticca
Chapter 7. Issues of terminology in public service interpreting: From affordability through psychotherapy to waiting lists
Sonja Pöllabauer
Chapter 8. From confinement to community service: Migrant inmates mediating between languages and cultures
Linda Rossato
Chapter 9. The role and self-regulation of non-professional interpreters in religious settings: The VIRS project
Adelina Hild
Chapter 10. Simultaneous interpreting and religious experience: Volunteer interpreting in a Finnish Pentecostal church
Sari Hokkanen
Chapter 11. Beyond the professional scope?: Sign language translation as a new challenge in the field
Nadja Grbić
Chapter 12. Language-related disaster relief in Haiti: Volunteer translator networks and language technologies in disaster aid
Regina Rogl
Part 3. NPIT performed by children
Chapter 13. Bilingual youngsters’ perceptions of their role as family interpreters: Why should their views be measured? Why should they count?
Claudia V. Angelelli
Chapter 14. Child language brokers’ representations of parent–child relationships
Tony Cline, Sarah Crafter, Guida de Abreu and Lindsay O’Dell
Chapter 15. Child language brokering in private and public settings: Perspectives from young brokers and their teachers
Letizia Cirillo
Chapter 16. Through the children’s voice: An analysis of language brokering experiences
Rachele Antonini
Chapter 17. Seeing brokering in bright colours: Participatory artwork elicitation in CLB research
Ira Torresi
Chapter 18. Language brokering: Mediated manipulations, and the agency of the interpreter/translator
Elaine Bauer
Chapter 19. Not just child’s play: Exploring bilingualism and language brokering as a precursor to the development of expertise as a professional sign language interpreter
Jemina Napier
“Place your order now: coming in June is the latest collection of research on what is fast becoming an established field of intellectual inquiry--non-professional translation and interpreting. Some of those who are fighting the good fight to professionalize these fields may cringe. But the argument made by researchers is that this field of activity is real--it is here to stay--and it should be studied rigorously. The fact that we are in the midst of the greatest wave of mass immigration in the history of the planet certainly highlights the need for this research, which is both academic and pragmatic.”
“This accessible and wide-ranging volume should [...] be required reading for both professional practitioners, who may find themselves questioning their own ethical norms and their views of their own practice, and researchers in Interpreting Studies.”
“This is an informative volume on a very extensive, widespread and, of course, under-researched field. If the aim was to introduce the scope of NPIT and justify placing it on the TIS research agenda, this has certainly been achieved.”
“This book, nicely presenting a wealth of interesting information and insights into NPIT, is undoubtedly ground-breaking and highly illuminating. The richness of the collection is impossible to be fully presented here. It is a torchlight for newcomers to NPIT research and will also enlighten academic audience in translation and interpreting studies, hence making NPIT a more visible and acknowledged practice.”
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Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies
BIC Subject: CFP – Translation & interpretation
BISAC Subject: LAN023000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017004878