Chapter published in:Linking up with Video: Perspectives on interpreting practice and research
Edited by Heidi Salaets and Geert Brône
[Benjamins Translation Library 149] 2020
► pp. 13–45
Mediality and multimodality in interpreting
This chapter explores the link between interpreting and video mainly by engaging in a conceptual analysis drawing on insights from social semiotics and communication studies. Departing from an understanding of speech as a semiotic mode in the oral-aural modality, the development of interpreting practices since the early twentieth century is reviewed with respect to the use of technology as a sign-conveying medium. Special emphasis is given to the introduction of “telephonic” interpreting and its implications for “visibility” in interpreter-mediated communication before the introduction of audiovisual transmission systems. Based on the examination of some existing models of multimodal language use, and further theoretical reflection, a conceptual framework is suggested to account more explicitly for different medium-based forms of interpreting and for the communicative dynamics shaped by the mediality of these practices. On this foundation, video is discussed as a technological medium supporting novel professional practices as well as research approaches.
Published online: 13 January 2020
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