Natural translator and interpreter

Rachele Antonini
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A natural translator/interpreter is an untrained and very often unremunerated bilingual individual who acts as a linguistic and cultural (inter)mediator in a variety of formal and informal contexts and situations.

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Further reading

Harris, Brian
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Pöchhacker, Franz & Kadric, Mira
1999“The Hospital Cleaner as Health Care Interpreter. A case study.” The Translator 5 (2): 161–178. DOI logo  TSBGoogle Scholar