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Keep your distance? Remote interpreting in legal proceedings: A critical assessment of a growing practice

Braun, S (2013) Keep your distance? Remote interpreting in legal proceedings: A critical assessment of a growing practice Interpreting: international journal of research and practice in interpreting, 15 (2). pp. 200-228.

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Abstract

Remote interpreting, whereby the interpreter is physically separated from those who need the interpretation, has been investigated in relation to conference and healthcare settings. By contrast, very little is known about remote interpreting in legal proceedings, where this method of interpreting is increasingly used to optimise interpreters’ availability. This paper reports the findings of an experimental study investigating the viability of videoconference-based remote interpreting in legal contexts. The study compared the quality of interpreter performance in traditional and remote interpreting, both using the consecutive mode. Two simulated police interviews of detainees, recreating authentic situations, were interpreted by eight interpreters with accreditation and professional experience in police interpreting. The languages involved were French (in most cases the interpreter’s native language) and English. Each interpreter interpreted one of the interviews in remote interpreting, and the other in a traditional face-to-face setting. Various types of problem in the interpretations were analysed, quantitatively and qualitatively. Among the key findings are a significantly higher number of interpreting problems, and a faster decline of interpreting performance over time, in remote interpreting. The paper gives details of these findings, and discusses the potential legal consequences of the problems identified.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Braun, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2013
Identification Number : 10.1075/intp.15.2.03bra
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
EditorPöchhacker, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
EditorLiu, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : remote interpreting, videoconferencing, legal proceedings, police interviews, quality
Additional Information : Notice: The publisher https://www.benjamins.com/#home should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Apr 2014 17:34
Last Modified : 04 Aug 2016 13:29
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804832

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