Name pronunciation strategies of ASL-Spanish-English trilingual
interpreters during mock video relay service calls
This study investigates the ways in which trilingual (American Sign Language,
English, and Spanish) interpreters pronounce names that commonly appear with
either English or Spanish phonology. Twenty trilingual interpreters interpreted
an ASL mock videophone call into English of a Deaf caller attempting to leave a
message for the Social Security Administration. Results suggest that
self-reported strategies for pronouncing Spanish-influenced names generally do
not align with observed behavior. Instead, a relationship was noted between
reported language proficiency and pronunciation; their dominant language
influenced their pronunciations. Those interpreters who report a “balanced
proficiency,” however, patterned differently. The results are contextualized
using Gile’s Sequential Model of translation and Effort Model of simultaneous
- Name pronunciation and Gile’s models
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