Doing Justice to Court Interpreting

Doing Justice to Court Interpreting

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First published as a Special Issue of Interpreting (10:1, 2008) and complemented with two articles published in Interpreting (12:1, 2010), this volume provides a panoramic view of the complex and uniquely constrained practice of court interpreting. In an array of empirical papers, the nine authors explore the potential of court interpreters to make or break the proceedings, from the perspectives of the minority language speaker and of the other participants. The volume offers thoughtful overviews of the tensions and conflicts typically associated with the practice of court interpreting. It looks at the attitudes of judicial authorities towards interpreting, and of interpreters towards the concept of a code of ethics. With further themes such as the interplay of different groups of "linguists" at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal and the language rights of indigenous communities, it opens novel perspectives on the study of interpreting at the interface between the letter of the law and its implementation.
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  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 25.4mm | 615g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 9027222568
  • 9789027222565

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Doing justice to court interpreting (by Shlesinger, Miriam); 2. Articles; 3. Interpreting at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal (by Takeda, Kayoko); 4. Judicial systems in contact: Access to justice and the right to interpreting/translating services among the Quichua of Ecuador (by Berk-Seligson, Susan); 5. Missing stitches: An overview of judicial attitudes to interlingual interpreting in the criminal justice systems of Canada and Israel (by Morris, Ruth); 6. Norms, ethics and roles among military court interpreters: The unique case of the Yehuda Court (by Lipkin, Shira L.); 7. Interpreting reported speech in witnesses' evidence (by Lee, Jieun); 8. The cooperative courtroom: A case study of interpreting gone wrong (by Martinsen, Bodil); 9. Judges' deviations from norm-based direct speech in court (by Christensen, Tina Paulsen); 10. Interactional pragmatics and court interpreting: An analysis of face (by Jacobsen, Bente)
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