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What a micro-analytical investigation of additions and expansions in remote interpreting can tell us about interpreter’s participation in a shared virtual space

Braun, S (2016) What a micro-analytical investigation of additions and expansions in remote interpreting can tell us about interpreter’s participation in a shared virtual space Journal of Pragmatics.

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Abstract

This paper explores data from video-mediated remote interpreting (RI) which was originally generated with the aim of investigating and comparing the quality of the interpreting performance in onsite and remote interpreting in legal contexts. One unexpected finding of this comparison was that additions and expansions were significantly more frequent in RI, and that their frequency increased further after a phase of familiarisation and training for the participating interpreters, calling for a qualitative exploration of the motives and functions of the additions and expansions. This exploration requires an appropriate methodology. Whilst introspective data give insights into interpreting processes and the motivations guiding the interpreter’s choices, they tend to be unsystematic and incomplete. Micro-analytical approaches such as Conversation Analysis are a promising alternative, especially when enriched with social macro-variables. In line with this, the present paper has a dual aim. The primary aim is to explore the nature of additions and expansions in RI, examining especially to what extent they are indicative of interpreting problems, to what degree they are specific to the videoconference situation, what they reveal about, and how they affect the interpreter’s participation in RI. The secondary aim is to evaluate the micro-analytical approach chosen for this exploration.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Language
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
Authors :
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Braun, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 3 October 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.pragma.2016.09.011
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : interpreter-mediated communication, remote interpreting, virtual presence
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Aug 2016 11:10
Last Modified : 20 Oct 2016 07:50
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811587

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