Non-renditions and the court interpreter’s perceived impartiality
A role-play study
This experimental study examined whether non-renditions are linked to the court interpreter’s perceived impartiality. A witness
examination was simulated in three variations on a scripted role play, with consecutive interpreting between Cantonese and
English. A sample of female Cantonese speakers, divided into two experimental groups and a control group, each played the part of
the witness in one role play; the interpreter and the English-speaking bench (judge and defense attorney) were always played by
the same three actors. In two experimental groups, the interpretation included some utterances with no source speech counterpart
(non-renditions): a Cantonese non-rendition group (16 individuals) had procedural and textual non-renditions addressed to them in
Cantonese, without English interpretation for the bench; an English non-rendition group (15 individuals) heard some brief
exchanges between the interpreter and the bench, with no Cantonese interpretation. A control group (15 individuals) was not
exposed to non-renditions. All three groups completed a questionnaire after the role play. The English non-rendition group rated
the interpreter significantly lower than the others on impartiality, and was also the only group to comment unfavorably on the
interpreter. A possible explanation is that the Cantonese speakers in this group could not follow the English non-renditions and
- 2.Participants’ perceptions of interpreters
- 2.1Non-renditions and institutional participants
- 2.2Non-renditions and lay participants
- 3.Research method
- 3.1Research design
- 3.3Role play
- 4.1Quantitative results
- 4.2Qualitative results
- Positive evaluations
- Negative evaluations
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