Investigating the interpreter’s role(s)
The A.R.T. framework
Although the interpreter’s function in interaction has attracted significant interest in the literature, the focus is often restricted to verbal interaction alone. This paper introduces an analytical framework, based on Goffman’s construct of role, to examine how participants’ actions: (i) carry communicative meaning that complements their use of language; ii) are interdependent with those of other participants. The analysis also takes into account the normative frameworks which, to a certain extent, shape the interpreter’s and the doctor’s actions. Transcribed excerpts of two authentic medical consultations are examined, along with video stills. The recordings, with interpreting between Dutch and Russian, were made at a Belgian hospital; informed consent and ethical approval were obtained. It is shown that interpreters’ use of non-verbal resources can favour the patient’s inclusion in interaction when s/he is bypassed by the doctor, possibly interested in involving only the interpreter and in leaving little, if any, opportunity for the patient’s voice to be heard.
Keywords: participation framework, gaze, role, dialogue interpreting, medical consultation, body orientation
Published online: 01 November 2016
Angelelli, C.V., Agger-Gupta, N., Green, C.E. & Okahara, L.
Barry, C.A., Bradley, C.P., Britten, N., Stevenson, F.A. & Barber, N.
Bot, H. & Wadensjö, C.
Epstein, R.M., Franks, P., Fiscella, K., Shields, C.G., Meldrum, S.C., Kravittz, R.L. & Duberstein, P.R.
Hall, J., Harrigan, J. & Rosenthal, R.
Mason, I. & Stewart, M.
Merlini, R. & Favaron, R.
(2003) National Committee on Interpreting in Health Care. Guide to interpreter positioning in health care settings. (November 2003) http://www.ncihc.org/assets/documents/workingpapers/NCIHC%20Working%20Paper%20-%20Guide%20to%20Interpreter%20Positioning%20in%20Health%20Care%20Settings.pdf (accessed 1 July 2015).
Silverman, J., Kurtz, S. & Draper, J.
Cited by 18 other publications
Amuzu, Evershed K., Akua Campbell & Seth Ofori
Horton, RaMonda & Elia Olivares
Krystallidou, Demi, Céline Van De Walle, Myriam Deveugele, Evangelia Dougali, Fien Mertens, Amélie Truwant, Ellen Van Praet & Peter Pype
Krystallidou, Demi & Peter Pype
Krystallidou, Demi, Aline Remael, Esther de Boe, Kristin Hendrickx, Giannoula Tsakitzidis, Sofie van de Geuchte & Peter Pype
Krystallidou, Demi, Heidi Salaets, Cornelia Wermuth & Peter Pype
2018. EmpathicCare4All. Study protocol for the development of an educational intervention for medical and interpreting students on empathic communication in interpreter-mediated medical consultations. A study based on the Medical Research Council (MRC) framework phases 0–2. International Journal of Educational Research 92 ► pp. 53 ff.
Krystallidou, Demi, Lena Vaes, Ignaas Devisch, Johan Wens & Peter Pype
Tiselius, Elisabet, Elisabet Hägglund & Pernilla Pergert
Vranjes, Jelena & Geert Brône
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 05 january 2022. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.