Sight translation: Prima vista

Ivana Čeňková

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Sight translation (ST), also known as prima vista, is one of the basic modes of interpreting, alongside consecutive interpreting with/without notation and simultaneous interpreting in a booth with/without text. Sight translation is a dichotomous process of language transfer from the source language (SL) into the target language (TL) as well as from a written into an oral form. The interpreter does not work in a booth and usually does not get to hear the original. The interpreter is provided with the original text and is expected to instantly and smoothly deliver the contents at a speed appropriate for natural oral production.

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